Terry has recently completed the process of becoming a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants. This group is open to people with a direct line to someone that arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. In this case, direct line does not mean an ancestor with the same last name (ie: Fortenberry/Van Valkenburg), but anyone who would be your grandparent many generations back. For Adrian and Wanda’s grandchildren, our Mayflower ancestor would be your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Yes, that is 11 greats! The genealogical shorthand for that would be 11X grandfather. Please choose “Society of Mayflower Descendants” from the blogroll and enjoy. Maybe you would be interested in joining. Terry has done all the work that would make it easier for other descendants of Mae and Ferman Fortenberry to join! Her article even explains the process you would follow. The society even awards scholarship money!
22 Jun 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s blog article is about lace. I have been on the “hunt” for this particular item for about three years. Choose Polish Lace from the blogroll on the right. The article is a pdf. After downloading it, please choose “full screen” from the “view” pull-down menu. Enjoy another small piece of family history!
18 Apr 2015 Leave a comment
Today’s blog article is called Leaving Poland. After visiting Poland in September, I realized just how radically different life became for our ancestors when they chose to move to America. Going from rural farming areas to Brooklyn must have really been difficult. Because of additional information discovered since I began blogging four years ago, I have updated some articles that carry the stories through the entire process. Please begin with “Leaving Poland” from the blogroll on the right. I wouldn’t mind hearing what you think since feedback is always helpful. Enjoy!
20 Feb 2015 3 Comments
Today’s blog article is a very special story. We are not often given the chance to view distance family events from a personal perspective. Today, you will. While collecting pictures and stories during the 1970s, Daddy located and copied a letter written by a distant uncle during the Civil War. Terry has spent many, many hours researching and writing about the events and people mentioned in the letter. She has done an incredible job and has even written a poem you will NOT want to miss! Please choose “A Civil War Letter” from the blogroll on the right. Note: The document is a PDF. Once you download it, choose “full screen” from the View pull-down menu. This will allow it to be viewed as a slide show. Then you can use page up and down to move through the slides. ENJOY!
23 Dec 2014 1 Comment
During the past few days, I have been remembering Christmas Eve with my family and missing my Mom and Dad. As I thought about our traditions, I began to wonder about my Polish ancestors’ traditions too. After researching the topic, I decided to weave a story of customs and churches for you to enjoy. Please choose Christmas Eve – Polish Style from the blogroll! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
14 Nov 2014 1 Comment
After several months, I have finally posted another story! As you probably know, John and I went to Poland in September. It was a once in a lifetime trip! Today’s blog in a summary of the discoveries of the trip. I have written it as a genealogy story, not as a travelogue. To me, the importance of the trip was in discovering people, places, and documents, not in what we ate (though John learned to love a Polish soup called Zurek). Please choose “Polish Origins Adventure” from the blogroll on the right. Enjoy!
10 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
Last Friday I was evidently still suffering from jet lag and forgot it was Friday. No Friday fun! Sorry about that! The picture above shows me standing in front of a sign pointing to Kumelsk located up the dirt road. This was the last place of residence for my grandfather, Rajmund Wierzbicki, before coming to the USA in 1909. Kumelsk is located in northeastern Poland about 100 miles from Lithuania and Belarus. Today there IS a Friday Fun. Enjoy!
05 Sep 2014 1 Comment
What a wonderful time we had! There were about 120 of us there – all because Ferman Esco Fortenberry and Nellie Mae Simmons decided to marry and then had six sons! Please see the three photos under Friday Fun. As many of you know, this will be my last posting until the beginning of October. Have a fantastic September-catch you on the other side!
07 Aug 2014 Leave a comment
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.