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Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 20 January 2010

The DAR application information, referenced in yesterday's Tombstone Tuesday. I descend from Isaac's son Edward.


  1. Thank you for sharing this DAR application. I've never seen one. I hope it provides you with some good clues to further your research.

  2. Yes, it is great to see this shared. I do recommend that you do your own verifications, however. The first one I started reviewing had a "fatal flaw" in the very first entry - and the correct information was available to the "preparer" at the time, she just "wanted so bad" to have it be the other way...
    Since then, I've always treated every DAR application at "family tradition" information, not gospel truth. Thanks again,

    Bill ;-)

    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  3. Dr. Bill is right. Anything like this can be fabricated. I have verified everything for the Edward Freeman line descent and this is spot on, as is the Peter Freeman info. But other info is still not verified (by me) and I have a brick wall with Isaac's wife Marian Gallup (allegedly daughter of Thomas Gallup & Jane Patterson, but not yet confirmed). It's always a work in progress. And what I'd give to have a copy of those Family Bible pages!


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