These "rough draft" genealogies, actually works in progress, are being placed online for several reasons:
Several family members have expressed interest in these genealogies. Their interest
has determined the order in which I have edited the families. Currently, the
ancestral lines available include the surnames Barnes, Gifford, Peck, Prescott,
Rollins, Staples, and Ward. Many related families also appear in the reports.
I wanted to share my information and findings with those people who
have shared their information with me.
I needed incentive to write these reports. Research is fun, but writing is work!
However, there is no better way to evaluate the progress of that research. All errors,
irrational statements of fact, and lack of evidence become glaringly obvious. I would
recommend the process to everyone wanting to improve their research.
In addition, this presentation may invite discussion and peer review. While
kind comments are always welcome, I would be most interested in hearing from you if:
You disagree with my findings and conclusions;
You have new information or insight to share; or
You can point out grammatical or typographical errors.
Please take the time to read the explanatory pages. They will provide a
better understanding of the method of production, site navigation, and an explanation
of what information is and is not included.
This area provides further information on the Barnes families and allies in Norfolk, England, in the environs of
Langham Parish. Information was compiled from several parish registers and the 1841 and 1851 censuses of the area.
My tombstone photograph project is progressing. Currently online are photographs from these
cemeteries: Palmer family burial ground in Sullivan Township,
Tioga County; Case Cemetery in Troy Township, Bradford County
(about 50 photos); and Alba Cemetery in Alba, Bradford County
(about 200 photos). More are on the way.
My original research focus was Aaron Case of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and his descendants. I found
the interactions of the many family members both fascinating and confusing; so my focus moved back in time
to Aaron's parents, Philip and Lydia. Currently on this site are only a few family narratives, perhaps better
called research reports. They are exercises in narrative writing and evidence analysis. More will be posted
as I complete my writing. Comments are not only welcome, but desired.
Sometimes you have to research far afield to be comfortable with your conclusions. The Case family
intermarried many times with a few families with common surnames. Although I may not be related to some of
these families, my information may help other researchers. Families being searched are Merritt,
Palmer, Ward, and Williams.
Someday I will add my research on the Longfellow families of Maryland and Delaware to this website.
That work is not ready yet, but in the meantime, I have added tombstone photographs from three cemeteries in Kent County,
Delaware. If you are interested in this family and its allies, you might want to view the more than 100 tombstone
photographs now available.