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I originally found Henry GRIFFIN in May or June of 2000. I’ve long made it a research practice to study the families and descendants of siblings of those ancestors in my direct lines. I can’t tell you how often that has paid off in discoveries of new clues to research and interesting connections in general. […]

Relationship Chart Richard GRIFFIN b. 22 Jun 1732 at Nine Partners, d. 8 Oct 1795 at Grimsby, Lincoln m. 1757 at Nine Partners, NY +Mary SMITH b. circa 1734 at probably, CT d. after 1780 at Ontario Smith GRIFFIN               Siblings    Miriam GRIFFIN b. 9 Aug 1772                           b. 15 Apr 1765 at Nine Partners, NY                    at […]

William BRYANT was undoubtedly devastated after the death of Nellie, his first wife. He was introduced to Evalena TINDALL. A family member states that William’s sister Gertrude thought Eva, a “society girl,” would be good for William dealing with his loss and so encouraged the marriage. Eva TINDALL was born 15 Aug 1871 in Algansee, Branch […]

My great-grandfather was named for a distant cousin, William Cullen BRYANT the poet and editor of the New York Evening Post. Though the conclusive proof has not been found, family tradition is pretty consistent about this relationship. Acknowledging that there is a tendency in families to claim a connection to a famous person without much […]

I look for the unknown family stories. They’re rewarding. How do I find them? Persistent research on those collateral lines – and luck. The Williams family of Jamestown Township, Ottawa County & Gaines Township, Kent County was one of my wife’s major family branches in Michigan. Adams Williams was the patriarch and his wife Betsey […]

Family tradition – truth or fiction? My father’s Aunt Marjorie wrote two lengthy letters in 1995 to my uncle answering his questions about the Bryant family history. The second letter focused on her father, William, and her only brother, my grandfather, Harry Bryant. She described hardships that Harry endured which shaped his personality. One story […]

The Door

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What does genealogy have to do with a door? Some internet research years past led me to a page published by Evelyn Sawyer in 2003 on the Kent County Genweb site. “22 James street” is mentioned in a transcribed article from a scrapbook among the collections in the Grand Rapids library’s local history department. There […]