I hope everyone has been keeping up with the Friday Fun and Reunion information! This reunion is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. As most of you know, there has not been any new blog articles in a while due to all my planning for an upcoming visit to Poland. I have been spending lots of hours getting all the Polish genealogy organized for the genealogist/guide who will be taking me and John around Poland for ten days. Wish Mom could come with me!
16 May 2014 1 Comment
Today’s blog was researched and written by Terry. Thanks Terry for being willing to work so hard in helping me bring our family stories to light! As we go through life, our personal experiences range from joyous to tragic and the same was true for our ancestors. To me, the point of genealogy is not a list of names and dates or a hunt for “famous ancestors.” It is finding and telling the stories about those who came before us.
The story you will read today is about Mary Jane Washburn who was our family link to the Pilgrims! Please choose Mary Jane Washburn from the blogroll on the right. As with the previous post, it is a PDF. After loading, you will need to find the toolbar, choose the box with the four arrows going toward the “margins” and click on it. This will allow you to view the document in full page format and to use the “page up” and “page down” arrows.
Don’t forget to check the Friday Fun. Also, the site for the F6 family reunion has been booked and we are in the planning stages. We have a Facebook page with info. Please visit it when you can! It is called Fortenberry Reunion.
11 Apr 2014 1 Comment
Today’s post was written to include our extended family – really extended – as in back to the early 1500s! Because this document will be read by many people outside our immediate family, I have saved it as a pdf file to have some measure of document protection. This means that it will not open as a Power Point and hyperlinks cannot be directly accessed with a click. Web addresses of places I would like you to visit will have to be copied and pasted.
If you are reading this and do not belong to my Mississippi Fortenberry family, please skip forward to the records of North and South Carolina.
From the blogroll on the right, please choose Family Origins. Once the pdf has downloaded, you will probably need to choose the icon on the toolbar that is a square with arrows in 4 directions. This will make the slide fit the screen. Also, use the “page down” button on the keyboard so that you do not have to scroll.
Note added on April 16: I made a correction from the information at the end of the document. At 12 generations, we have 4096 direct ancestors. That’s a lot of grandmas and grandpas!
24 Jan 2014 1 Comment
Because I would like for everyone to visit my blog a little more often, I am going to do what most bloggers do – I am going to publish some kind of post every week. In the past, it has taken me quite a few weeks to get a story ready, particularly one that required a lot of research. This meant that there could be a lot of “dead” time between posts. Not anymore! Every Friday I will be adding something small. I have many, many photographs and stories that will not be used for a particular story line – but I think you would like to see them. If you have a story or photo you would like included, just let me know!
Teaser: The next full post will be about our connection with the Van Valkenburg family of the Netherlands!
You will find the weekly posts on the blue bar above called “Friday Fun.”
01 Jan 2014 1 Comment
Finally!! After four months of research and writing, I have finished putting together what I hope is a coherent explanation of some of the information found in Raymond’s DNA. You will probably be able to feel my “science teacher persona” coming through loud and clear. Please choose “Our DNA” from the blog roll, get comfortable, sit back, and pretend you are in a very personal biology class!
22 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
Terry has been doing an incredible amount of research on our Mayflower connection. She has been attempting to compile all the documentation that would be necessary to join the Mayflower Society. Our Great Aunt Edna (Granny’s sister) was a member and you would think it was be easy to join by using her research. Well, things are never that simple anymore! It seems they want more proof at certain generations. Terry has written what she has discovered and would like to share it with you. All the work was her’s with only a little “sisterly” help with power point slide design and proofreading. Please choose Our Pilgrim Connection – Part 2 from the blogroll and enjoy!
Upcoming: I hope to have a explanation of Raymond’s DNA results ready soon!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
12 Oct 2013 Leave a comment
First, Raymond’s Y-DNA results are back and he is a perfect match with lots of Fortenberrys, Faulkenberrys, and even some Van Valkenburgs. I and working on putting together some “understandable” results for everyone to see. Family Tree DNA has not finished his mtDNA (Momma’s line), hopefully, that information will be available soon too.
The blog today returns to Adrian’s Navy experiences. There were no personal photos from this time period as there have been for previous entries. The Melville was on the move and not really in places conducive to “fun” shore excursions since this is a time when the war was so intense. Please choose “Navy – Late 1943 to May, 1944.”
03 Sep 2013 Leave a comment
After many years of looking, I just recently located Pauline (Bachie) Jaroszewska’s Ellis Island record. My mother would be so proud of me!! For those of you that might need a reminder – Bachie was Wanda’s mother, and she married Raymond Werbicki. This blog entry will share some Polish history as well as some of the interesting documents I have found. I have discovered so much new information that at some point in the future I will need to rewrite some of the Cybulski entries to correct some of the names and dates originally recorded by Mom.
Update of Raymond’s DNA – The company called and said they had a problem on their end with his testing. They sent a new kit and as a show of good faith, refunded us the money and will process it immediately. I will be using the refunded money to pay for research in Poland on Raymond Werbicki’s origins. I will let you know when results come in.
Please choose “Wanda’s mother – Bachie” from the bottom of the
blogroll and enjoy.
26 Jun 2013 Leave a comment
Yes, I know it has been quite a while since I put something new on the blog. Once you read this one you will probably understand why! This entry has to be dedicated to my wonderful brother, Raymond. He is the person that suggested this topic three months ago. It has literally taken me all this time to do the level of research necessary to do justice to the topic and it even comes with a bibliography! I set myself a deadline of July 9, and not because that is my birthday. You will understand once you read the story. I have felt my Daddy looking over my shoulder the entire time and I know he would have loved it!
Also a huge thank you to Terry for the ending of the story. Everyone will surely love what you did!
Please choose Port Hudson and the Civil War and prepare to be transported back in time!
06 Apr 2013 2 Comments
I am sorry it took me so long to post another story, but this one kept growing the more I researched! This post is about Adrian’s dad, Ferman Fortenberry. In 1909, he joined the Navy; and while in the service, he kept a journal. You will learn about his experiences and how they related to world events. I cannot believe how much I was able find on the internet that gave his story context and depth!
The file is one of the largest I have uploaded, so be patient if it takes a minute to load on your computer. It is 60 slides long. In addition to the story, I have also scanned and posted his entire journal. You will see two entries under the blogroll: Ferman Fortenberry – Full Navy Log and Ferman Fortenberry – Navy Years.
A huge thank you to Jo Fortenberry Driscoll for loaning me her pictures. Most of the pictures noted as belonging to Ferman now belong to Jo.
Another thank you goes to Reggie Fortenberry Cross, Kris Fortenberry Morrell and her dad, Raymond for contributing to our family research funds! We are in the process of adding Raymond’s DNA to the Fortenberry family DNA project. You may find it interesting to visit this site
Please let me know what you think!