Buried treasure

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as a good treasure hunt.

When I go looking for material treasures, a yard sale is my preferred venue.  I get so much joy from finding the one really great thing among the dross. But it’s truly not the bargains made or trendiness of a “find” that makes second-hand shopping a worthwhile activity. I find it validating and fulfilling to see value where others might not.

Genealogy, regardless of the formal definition, is the fine art of finding value in discarded lives, searching for bits of evidence of the growing & changing, living & dying of people we’ll never know and might not even have liked if we had.

And, somewhere rather early in the process of hunting and discovering ancestors, a strange thing happened: it became personal. Without noticing, I found myself driven and working with heartfelt devotion.  Genealogy stopped being a choice and became a calling.

WELCOME to Social History 101.....

It is the purpose of this website to tell the story of my husband Mark's ancestors.  As per biological requirements, his parents are products of eight family lines, broadly defined as:

Moulton & Rawlins         Harris & Bent         Apsey & Soule         Whittingham & Stabler

You'll see these groupings to your left.  Within each I'll store information specific to that line and, within each line, of course, further breakdown in (hopefully) a logical, orderly fashion.  The task can be overwhelming, nearly as daunting as herding a clowder of cats. 

By posting discoveries here and in my blog (see left) I hope to bring about an inner sense of order and a material reinforcement of why I'm doing genealogy research in the first place: to share with the world the treasures I've found.

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Infinity, like Eternity, is the true and actual termination point of the family tree.