We are descendents of

Puritans. Who knew?

This will be long, so this is Part One

In my many searches, there are a lot of times that I find information but when I see how exactly we are connected, a lot of the time it isn’t a very close connection if there is a connection at all. I have found in the past, that the farther back, it can become something like the “brother-in-law of the sister-in-law of the niece of the Uncle of the 10 cousin 2 times removed” So nothing that really comes back to me or family. Sort of a relative by marriage of marriage of some sort of connection.

But this time, it turns out that the people I am tracing back through my Beach Family Line (my GG Grandmother was a Beach – Caroline Margery Beach) are really related, being my 14th Great Grandparents and Puritans.

So, first– what is a Puritan?

From an internet search at http://www3.nd.edu/~rbarger/www7/puritans.html

The Puritans were a group of people who grew discontent in the Church of England and worked towards religious, moral and societal reforms. The writings and ideas of John Calvin, a leader in the Reformation, gave rise to Protestantism and were pivotal to the Christian revolt. They contended that The Church of England had become a product of political struggles and man-made doctrines. The Puritans were one branch of dissenters who decided that the Church of England was beyond reform. Escaping persecution from church leadership and the King, they came to America.

The Puritans believed that the Bible was God’s true law, and that it provided a plan for living. The established church of the day described access to God as monastic and possible only within the confines of “church authority”. Puritans stripped away the traditional trappings and formalities of Christianity which had been slowly building throughout the previous 1500 years. Theirs was an attempt to “purify” the church and their own lives.

Researching this branch, the Bulkeley Family is very interesting.

Some quick Facts:

  • originally from Odell, England
  • one of the a wives was descendant of William I, King of Scotland
  • left England for greater religious freedom
  • were Purtians and Clergyman
  • founder of Concord, Massachusetts
  • and most interesting — has a Wiki page!!!
  • I will end this with a quote about my 12th Great Uncle Peter Bulkley:

    “noted even among Puritans for the superlative stiffness of his Puritanism”

    Genealogy Bucket List . .

    Well, it seems like everybody always talks about bucket lists – they either have one, are making one or have done one.

    I don’t know if my bucket list is about life, genealogy or research.

      Visit everywhere my family has lived – Sweden, Finland, Ireland, England, Australia, all across Canada and the US
      Find the marriage record for my Grandparents – I am beginning to believe they lived in sin — Oh my!!!
      Find the time to add all the names that I have – about 10,000 into my database
      One day, have pictures of all of my family – including long gone family
      Visit the graveyards where family is buried
      Find someone that I can leave all the information to and they will carry on where I left off
      Visit all my living family – whether they are cousins, distant cousins or very distant cousins

    I guess that actually most is a dream that will probably never come true though the new family in Victoria seems to be helping fill in quite a few spaces.

    Who knows, maybe some of the bucket list will be filled up one day.

    W.D.Y.T.Y.A

    now anyone that watches or does genealogy, knows what those initials are, but for those of you that don’t, it is for the ancestry show called “Who Do You Think You Are?” that is on TLC.

    It is basically a show, where they help celebrities find out about their family history. It can be interesting to watch, if you like the person or just seeing how they get to find out about their families, the good, the bad and sometimes the sad.

    BUT and this is a BIG BUT they make it look so easy to find things out and get help at the different historical centers and sometimes you want to scream “You are holding a 100 year old letter – put on gloves for God sake!!!!! “

    Anyone that does serious genealogy or just does it for fun, knows that it is not that easy to find information. I mean I have been searching for my Grandparents wedding date for about 10 years now and am no closer than I was when I started.

    They walk into places and there are people with copies of letters, pictures, newspaper articles all in files for them; or they type the name in ancestry and Poof – its right there with no spelling errors, missing pages or people. Now, if was that easy to find things. They should show what went into finding these things before they showed up.

    I wish that they would do some shows with regular people with fascinating family, not everyone is a star and not everyone that has a famous person in the past is famous now.

    I know that I would love to watch a show that shows how hard the search can be and how wonderful it is to break through that wall that you have been trying to break for years.

    There are several in my tree that I would love to break:

  • My Grandparents Wedding Date – I can find her with another man :O – but not with my Grandfather
  • My Great Great Grandfather – Walter Dicks – I have his obit and an article on him when he died; a photo in his Ottawa Police Uniform BUT the book written about the Ottawa Police Department doesn’t list him, even though he was the Chief of Detectives. I have written and spoke to people back there and they say there are no records??
  • On My Compton side – I would love to find out the father of my 5th Great Grandfather – William Compton. If I could confirm who his father is, then I could possibly link him to other Comptons, including some with Royalty and some that still live in England and also on Vancouver Island. Some do list a father but without confirmation of some kind, I just can’t. Sources, people, I need sources.
  • And then there are little ones that I need to figure out, but these are the big ones that I can think of at the moment.

    So, W.D.Y.T.Y.A??

    I am an daughter of an Irish-English Father and a Swede-Finn-Swede Mother. I have the Irish & Swedish stubbornness; look more English than Finnish or Swedish;I got my sensitive side from my Grandmas (who I miss dearly) and I don’t know which side gave me my sweet-tooth but someone did. And it all blends into the love of family, something I don’t think I will ever give up – sources or otherwise.

    Me

    An update to the BC Archives Searches

    thanks to a reader from findagrave, who sent me the following about the BC Archives Genealogy Datebase searches:

    A couple of caveats:
    Before about 1920, the some of the same registration numbers were used for both marriages and deaths. The links referenced go to the marriage in both cases. RBCM is aware of the problem.

    Some numbers in the death certificates were reused and given an A designator (or, rarely, a B or C). They don’t show on the Vital Records index system, but they are supposedly easily found on the microfilm. I just received an email today from RBCM explaining the situation.

    A good thing to know when you are doing searches.

    A shoutout thanks to SDS.

    Military Records

    are always an interesting thing to have for family members.

    I started out trying to find out about Grandmother’s two brothers who both died in WWI and then went on to find out about other G-Uncles, cousins and distant relatives who joined the Military.

    There are many different places to get Military records, but one of the first places that I found to get something about my family in Canada was at at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

    In Ottawa, there are books that list the people that died in the Service of Canada in WWI, WWII, the Korean War and peacekeeping missions. Each day, the different books are opened to the page that lists the people that passed away.

    From this site, you can order a copy of the page that the person is listed on as well as find information that others have added to the page which is a wonderful page to have in your Genealogy Pages.

    An example is my Great Uncle Charles Duncan Compton – his page is Virtual Memorial, from there you can click on the link that shows his page. I have ordered a copy and have it as part of my records. I was also able to have them update the page because when he joined, he listed his birthdate at 21 Dec 1897 on his Accession Papers but after getting his birth records, he was actually born on 21 Dec 1899 so he was only 16 years old when he signed up and he was dead 2 years later – so sad. And also, people have sent and there are added other papers, pictures, etc about the person. It was from here that I got to see what my G-Uncles looked like.

    You can get copies of the Accession Papers from the Canadian Government for free, but if you want to know more, you can order copies of the Military Records for the person.

    I ordered the records for one G-Uncle and learned more about him than a Great-Niece should know. Let’s just say the records have a much more detailed medical records than the Accession papers do. I also learned that he also lost his stripes at one point for serving beer to his troupes but I think if I was in the middle of a battle field, and we had a little break, I would have wanted a drink.

    I find that Military records bring out more about the family than anything else. You have to wonder what was going through the head of a young man, who at the age of 16 would sign up, probably knowing he could die as well as an older G-Uncle signed up at the age of 35?

    I have a strange, great sense of pride to know that I came from these people that risked their lives to make this world a better place.

    A very good update for Research

    The BC Archives, which has Birth, Marriage and Death archives has totally updated their site.

    In the pasr, when looking for a Death registration, you had to go to the site, then write down the information, then go to the library to see the death registation and hopefully it was the right person and, it had the burial location. A little hard to do if you didn’t live in BC and close to a Library that had the the mircofilm.

    But now, they are scanning the records and uploading them to their new search site:

    Basic Search

    Such a great help to Genealogist everywhere.

    Sources or credit for

    your research.

    One important thing for genealogy or findagrave or photos is best to give credit to the site or person or agency that you get the information from. It not only helps to prove or disprove a family story, but it is also proof to have if someone questions what you have or confirms what you have is correct.

    Some of my genealogy pages have more than 1 source attached to them.

    An example is if I have gotten some information from ancestry, but then also get more information from a government site that confirms that birth/death date of the person and gotten further information or confirmation from family about a person.

    Take my GG Aunt Annie. I had some information for from family papers; also from ancestry; the Manitoba Archives and a direct decendant of hers. When you look at her page – Annie Dicks Thompson. — scroll to the bottom you will see all the people/sites that have helped to add to her page. I find more sources make for a more complete story/picture of the person.

    And that is why I hadn’t added the picture of Walter Frederick Dicks that I had mentioned previously, as I was waiting for the proper source/credit to give for the photo. It is always polite to give credit where credit is due.

    That is why I don’t just take the headstone photos on findagrave but link to the memorial to give credit to the person that took the photo even if I created the memorial.

    So, remember to always give credit to the person or site that gives you more information to expand the leaves on your family tree.

    Research – some things not to do and some to do

    Ok, first off – one of my major pet peeves is the commercials for a certain Genealogy website that tells you to “Just click on the flashing leaf” and get started –BUT it doesn’t say make sure that the person we are giving a hint for is the right person for your family tree. I have gotten good hints, but I have also gotten hints that were so far off (a person that never left Sweden supposedly died in Ohio??)

    Research

    The best way to start is start with family. Talk to the elder members of the family; talk to cousins; get birthdates; death dates; where they were born & where they died. Was someone in the War?

    Once you have all the little tidbits, pick one branch of your tree and work on it.

    You can get information from newspapers, Death Indexes, cemeteries and searching on the web.

    One of the most important things to do is to make sure you write down or bookmark or somehow record the source of your information. Because as sure as anything, at some point someone is going to question your results and you want to be able to back up your information.

    An example of such, is my GG-Grandmother, Caroline Margery Beach.

    I had the paper from my Grandfather, that said she was the daughter of John Beach, one of the founders of Beachburg, Ontario. I contact someone who had a very large Beach Family Tree on the web, but didn’t list her. When I told him about my information, his comment back to me was “Anyone can say they are part of the family, but without documents (birth, marriage or death records) I don’t believe it.”

    Well, I wanted to prove it and I did. I got a copy of her marriage records which states who her parents are and where she was born (Beachburg, Ontario). I also got a copy of her death record that names her parents, where and when she was born. When I sent copies of these to him, he believed me then.

    So, the best things to do:

  • Talk to family
  • Write everything down – with sources
  • Remember, just because someone says one thing, it might not be right
  • Check and double check your work
  • But most of all, have fun with your research.
  • And nothing is better then when your research brings you in touch with family that you knew nothing about. Through my research I have found family in all parts of Canada, England, France, Sweden, Finland, Australia and the USA.

    My little family tree is world wide and a joy to find.