A Celebration…!

I am celebrating a three-year project completion. I was writing about Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall on my Solomon Goss blog and I have come to a stopping place on that research. Who are Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall? Well, they are very important to the Goss Family History. Philip Goss IV and Mary Kendall are Lydia Goss’s greats. Lydia is the daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive Scott. Lydia and John Andrews Spracklin’s son Daniel married Elizabeth Keller first marriage and had Amarilla, my great grandmother.  She is the subject of the blog the Barclays blog. They are important because they lead to DAR/SAR and Mayflower. Amarilla married George Barclay and they had Grace who married Ronald S. McDonald and together they had Keith.

This is on the Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio blog and you can find the link on the right side of this blog and take a look.

Now what does this have to do with the Boardman’s and Browns, well my mother Marjorie Boardman MacDonald who is a part of this blog, married Keith MacDonald and she is connected to it through her marriage to her husband’s deep ancestral roots and she will appear in applications to organizations like DAR and Mayflower and pioneer societies.

Happy Dance!

Scotland: A Tour and more…Update!

Things are changing. I have to rethink the Scotland Trip on my The Man Who Lived Airplanes blog, so things will change. It will get turned into a PDF and posted on a PAGE of The Man Who Lived Airplanes. This is in progress and will be accomplished by June 2020.

https://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/trip-to-scotland-in-may-2018/

This part below is the original Post done June 14, 2018.

We returned from Scotland and the trip was EPIC. We have been back several weeks recovering. Please go to my blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes to see what we did and where we went. http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

Me at Edinburgh Castle, May 2018

Heading to Scotland…

Yes, I am going to Scotland, and I will be touring the country for several weeks. I will try to share some of the events as they happen but it will be a busy trip. I am not as young and eager as I used to be and I want to take time and savor it all and it also depends on the WiFi situation?

Scotland simplified

I will be visiting several archives, societies and repositories in my travels. I will be looking into the surname of MacDonald/MacDonell, and Barclay.  I will be seeking information about the surnames of  McMurray, and Jackson that have been discussed on this blog. I know more about the MacD’s and Barclay’s and little about the McMurray’s and Jacksons and their origins.

I know that James McMurray was born in Scotland in 1823 but it is not clear where. On the a census the location of Beulowman is written and a cousin thinks it is Ben Lomond but I have not determined a place for that other than the mountain in Scotland.  It is possible that Mary Jackson McMurray’s father John Jackson was born in Scotland but it is not clear if that is true. I probably should dig deeper into Lancashire, England research.  I will just poke around and see what comes up?  I do plan to visit England and Ireland at some point but wanted to get Scotland done first.

As I visit these archives I will ask lots of questions so I should be very educated in Scottish research by the time I get home. I will also leave behind my family history and maybe it will have some effect?

I will visit lots of castles that have to do with MacDonald/MacDonell history as well as areas and places and also just Scottish history. There will be battlefields to see and the Scottish Highlands to explore including the Isle of Skye and the area west of Fort Augustus.  Click the map and it will open.

I will share this trip on two of my blogs,

The Man Who Lived Airplanes macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/trip-to-scotland-in-may-2018/

The Barclays of Pine River http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com.  Maybe a little on this blog but I am not expecting to find much.

It will be EPIC! Bonnie

A place to pause for this blog….

It has been five years since I started this blog.  I have written about the families of my heritage and it has been amazing.

Me with George & Esther's Tombstone

Me with George & Esther’s Tombstone

I never thought I would get as far as I have on the Boardman and Brown side of the family. I knew very little about my mother’s family.  Of course, I have had help from many cousins and appreciate it more than they know.  I have also met some of my cousins in comments on this blog, in email and some in person.  I am so happy that we have connected.

This does not mean that the research is done. Genealogical research is never done, there is always something you can do.

On the top of this blog are PAGES in drop down menus that cover the posts written on this blog by surname and then they are broken down by children or other topics.  I hope this will help in understanding the families and finding the information.

I have had the good fortune to travel to Canada to do genealogical research three times in the last few years.  I have been to Canada many times in the past mostly to British Columbia on my own with friends, my husband and with my parents.  I learned to drive practicing on Vancouver Island.  Victoria was a place to visit for family day trips from Seattle.

The recent trips have been for genealogical purposes.  The first place was traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia in April of 2010 to learn about the Brown family history and visit my cousin who had done a lot of research on the families.  Hopefully I have honored him by adding more documentation to the families.

My second trip was to Ontario and Quebec in May 2010 which emphasized the Brown families of Hastings County, Ontario and a lot on my McD side. The third trip was to Ontario and Michigan to dig deeper into the Boardman and Brown families and visit areas where they lived.  Don’t forget to read the posts about my trips to Canada they can be of great help and I have a page of the table of contents of the posts written about all these trips at the top of this blog.

Me with Phillip Brown's and others tombstone

Me with Phillip Brown’s and others tombstone

I have reached a stopping point on this blog where I feel I have written as much as I can about each family. I have published about the Boardmans, the Browns, the Wards, the McMurrays and Jacksons and their allied families.

I do have more photos, documents and information that I could share but I feel that the posts written have given enough information to assist family members who come to this blog to either get started or add to their history. Hopefully, I can help others trying to make family connections.

I have done a little maintenance on the blog in the categories, and checked the links.  So things should work pretty good.  Links in posts might be out of date but just let me know and I will fix it if I can and I will take a look one of these days to make sure they are okay.

My focus now will be to get my binders organized, sourced and source documents printed. The binders contain copies of the posts written on this blog in Word.docx form.  I will then make sure my computer documents are also organized and in good order.  The most important is sourcing them to my Legacy database and making sure that is up-to-date so I can print out reports. I am making progress.

Once the binders are all updated and organized, I will focus on Irish and English research and if I do find anything of value I will share that with you. There are still a lot of questions about my family history that I have not solved.

Here are a few examples:

  1.  I still do not know what happened to Edmund Boardman’s parents who appear to have settled in London, Ontario. So far I have not found a burial in Middlesex County for Edmund and Zelia/Tycha. They seemed to have disappeared.  Edmund and his brother Thomas ended up in New Brunswick but did the parents go there as well?
  2. Where exactly did William and Alice/Elise Brown come from in Ireland and if I travel there can I learn more? I am told they came from Longford and Cavan.
  3. Are Benjamin and Sarah Ward truly the parents of Emma Ward Brown.  I think so but I would like a little more documentation to get that satisfied feeling.

Please remember to double-check the research, I did try to be accurate but it can get confusing because the names are so similar.  The census are just transcribed in a summary and you really need to study the actual page which means you need to get your copy.

Once again, if you have questions or just want to connect please leave a comment and I will be able to contact you.

Yours in genealogy Bonnie

Another option is to try me at:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com