The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Top Ten, Now Seven Brick Walls

Old brick walls coming down in Lowell, ma.

iF ANYBODY CAN SOLVE ANY OF THESE SEVEN (7) BRICK WALLS, I WILL PAY YOU $100. One person has already been paid.


Adams, John (Parents needed, no other information.)
Born abt 1757of Wintonbury (now Bloomfield), CT - Lexington, MA - Hamilton, NY - Elba, NY
In Lexington, MA during Revolutionary War
Died September 25, 1830, Elba, Genesee Co., New York
Married to Hannah Smith, dau. of Joseph Smith and Eunice Drake of  Windsor, CT

Farmer, Alexander “Alex” (Parents needed, no other information.)
Born March 05, 1814 in New York or Canada
Died January 27, 1864, Calhoun Co., Michigan
Married Huldah Lay abt 1833 in prob. Niagara Co., New York
Children 5 born bet. Niagara, NY and Leroy, Michigan

HAWLEY, BENJAMIN (Parents needed, no other information.) Solved by me, December 2017.
Born 1753,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died 1831, Tompkins, Delaware Co., New York
Married February 05, 1778 to THEODOSIA FITCH at Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut  (Had 8 children)

HULL, NANCY (Parents needed, no other information.)
Born 1790, Woodbridge, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Married 1807 to JESSE WRIGHT, son of ASHER WRIGHT Prob. Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut
She and her husband both died February 07, 1878, one in New Haven, and the other in Killingworth

JAQUAYS, William (Parents needed, no other information.)
Born bet. 1784 – 1790, poss. CT or VT (No other information)
Married Lucy Cross of Windham, Windham Co., Connecticut
Lucy died January 14, 1878 at Cowansville, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada
Children were: Louisa Jane / Elizabeth Jaquays, Thankful, Sarah, William Cross, and Harriet C. (all of Addison, Vermont and Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada

JOHNSON ELIZABETH / BETSEY  (Father was William, need more information and her mother) SOLVED, BY A RESEARCHER, AND I PAID HIM.
Born November 07, 1751, Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
Died March 19, 1799, Dublin, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire
Married October 21, 1773 DAVID MEAD / MEED at Lynn, Essex Co., Massachusetts
(Two children born Lynn, one in New Ipswich, New Hampshire)

JOHNSON, LYDIA (Parents needed, no other information.)
Born Abt. 1822, Vermont
Died March 22, 1858, Dunham, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada
Married WILLIAM CROSS JAQUAYS October 24, 1839 at Franklin Co., Vermont

MUNSON, ANNA (Surname unknown)
Born Abt. 1731, Died April 18, 1772, Plainview, Hartford Co., Connecticut
Married WAITSTILL MUNSON (They had 2 children, Esther and Anna.)

Richardson, Almira “Mira”  (Parents needed, no other information.) SOLVED BY USING THRULINES, by me, 3/4/19.
Born abt. 1798 of Orange, New Haven Co., Connecticut
She was adopted by John Byran.
Died April 22, 1861, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Was married to Aaron Kilborn of Hamden Co., Connecticut

Wyckoff, Gerritje (no further information)
Died Abt 1725
Married JOHN (Jan) PIETERSE Van NESS (his 1st wife of 4 years)
Had son, JOHN (Jan) PIETERSE Van NESS born 1722 Readington, Somerset Co., New Jersey

Top Ten -- Posts I Enjoyed

There are far more than these ten posts that I enjoyed. I tried to give an assortment of personal genealogy stories and hints on how-to-do things.

Brenda of Journey to the Past
Ancestor Biography: Daisy Ellen Graf

Heather of Nutfield Genealogy
Cousins Collaborate on a Genealogy Story 

Carol of Reflections From The Fence
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Wild and Crazy House Hunt

Betty of Betty's Boneyard Genealogy Blog
James Jay Huber -1952-1973 Vietnam Veteran

Becky of Kinexxions
Greetings From Alaska (and related trip)

Jasia of Creative Gene
Melancholy Too

Greta of Greta's Genealogy Bog
Greenville Love (and related Greenville posts)

Michelle of The Turning of Generations

Susan of Long Lost Relatives
Managing your Digital Files

Hummer (Frances) of Branching Out Through the Years
A Great Example of Never Give Up

Special mention:

There are about 1,250 genealogy blogs and they can be found in listed categories at Genealogy Blogs by Type  Thank you to Tom MacEntee, the top genea-blogger.

Gena-Musings by Randy Seaver   (He blogs a lot and discusses everything in depth.)

AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors by Miriam Robbins Midkiff
See her 52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases (State list of archives and databases, you will need to scroll down).

Lorine of Olive Tree Genealogy Blog