(In January's newsletter, Sey asked for help in discovering her adopted daughter's birth mom, a Burdick, for medical reasons. Sey has some new information and would greatly appreciate your help if you can. Please respond directly to her.)
A while back I wrote to you trying to find my adopted daughter's birth family. Now the stakes have been raised somewhat. My daughter, who is trying desperately to have a baby, has learned that she suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome and may never be able to conceive. She is scheduled for surgery, if she can stand the pain that long, and if the ovary doesn't rupture, which would require emergency surgery because, as I understand it, she could bleed to death fairly quickly.One ovary has several cysts, being the size of a grapefruit. The other ovary also has many cysts.
Given this extra complication and the possible huge disappointment (the doctor may have to remove the ovaries once he is in there), it becomes even more imperative that we move quickly to find Ann's birth family.
The wonderful birth mom of my daughter signed her adoption docs Cindi Lynn Burdick. I have located a Cindi Lynn Burdick's birth certificate which states that her parents are Earl Spencer and June Lois Parsons Burdick. In 1946, they stated their ages as 24 which would have made them born C 1922. Earl Spencer was born in Taft, CA. June Lois Parsons was born in Crookston, Minnesota but entered CA in 1925 or 26. She lived in Garden Grove, CA from 1935 til 1946 at least according to the birth record. At the time of Cindi's birth, Earl and June Burdick lived at 352 Cypress St., Garden Grove, CA. Cindy was born At St. Jospeh Hosp in Orange, CA.
Have you any ideas how we might get more leads on this birth family? I was so hoping that her birth mom and father were looking for her as hard as she is looking for them! I've posted to lots of message boards, but no one has come forward. I won't give up, however. Somewhere there is someone who knows about Ann's birth family.
I am seeking the family of Earl Spencer b Taft, CA C 1922 married June Lois Parsons b Crookston, MN. Lived in Garden Grove in the mid 1940's. All leads appreciated. Please reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sey Jones in Northern Bay San Francisco, CA
(In last month's newsletter, several theories of the origin of the Burdick name were presented. Here is Madelines Dodd's response to those theories.)
Being a "freeman" wasn't so much about owning land (you could own land even if you were NOT a freeman), but about full citizenship, including the right to vote and the right to hold office. Requirements included attaining age 21, being a faithful church-goer and (most unusual) having some sort of religious experience, which one had to recount in public, and if it was "religious" enough, you were propounded for freeman. Interestingly, one of the reasons Roger Williams was thrown out of Mass. Bay Colony was that he objected to having to take the oath for freemen, as it was just transferring one's allegiance from the King to the (Congregational) Church. But I note that Rhode Island kept the same system....probably without specifying what church.
The theory about someone crossing off the wrong passenger on the ship manifest would not happen. All the stories about changed surnames upon immigration have to do with late 19th and early 20th century foreign immigrants, not the ones of the Great Migration. The early immigrants went where they pleased and if their neighbors liked them, then they were awarded land...very few of the early ones had to buy it. If the neighbors didn't like them, they threw them out (ever hear of the "reading-out" lists?). The very fact that you can't find Burdick on any passenger lists just proves that lists (except for the freeman lists of course) weren't too important back then.
I never believe ANYTHING I find in Ancestral File or the old IGI. I do
believe the original records that LDS transcribes into IGI, but how could
you possibly connect up a name from the 1500's to an immigrant without some
other clue? And I have learned THAT the hard way!
Problems with Family Trees:
1. My family coat of arms ties at the back....is that normal?
2. My family tree is a few branches short! All help appreciated.
3. My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
4. Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!
5. My hobby is genealogy, I raise dust bunnies as pets.
6. How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
7. I looked into my family tree and found out I was a sap.
8. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
9. I'm searching for myself; Have you seen me?
10. If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help...
11. Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem leads to two more!
12. It's 2000... Do you know where your-Gr-Gr-Grandparents are?
13. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
14. A family tree can wither if nobody tends it's roots.
15. A new cousin a day keeps the boredom away.
16. After 30 days, unclaimed ancestors will be adopted.
17. Am I the only person up my tree... sure seems like it.
18. Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.
19. Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?
20. FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
21. Gene-Allergy: It's a contagious disease, but I love it.
22. Genealogists are time unravelers.
23. Genealogy is like playing hide and seek: They hide... I seek!
24. Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.
25. "Crazy" is a relative term in my family.
26. A pack rat is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor.
27. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.
28. I Should have asked them BEFORE they died!
29. I think my ancestors had several "Bad heir" days.
30. I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNEflower.
31. Only a Genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.
32. Share your knowledge; it is a way to achieve immortality.
33. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
34. It's an unusual family that hath neither a lady of the evening or a thief.
35. Many a family tree needs pruning.
36. Shh! Be very, very quiet . . . I'm hunting forebears.
37. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors!
38. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
39. I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes.
40. Genealogists live in the past lane.
41. Cousins marrying cousins: Very tangled roots!
42. Cousins marrying cousins: A non-branching family tree.
43. All right! Everybody out of the gene pool!
44. Always willing to share my ignorance...
45. Documentation . . . The hardest part of genealogy.
46. Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
47. Genealogy . . . will I ever find time to mow the lawn again?
48. That's the problem with the gene pool: NO Lifeguards.
49. I researched my family tree . . . and apparently I don' exist!
50. SO MANY ANCESTORS...........................SO LITTLE TIME!
You know you're addicted to Genealogy if:
...you brake for libraries.
...you get locked in a library overnight and you never even notice.
...you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.
...you'd rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall.
...you think every home should have a microfilm reader.
...you'd rather read census schedules than a good book.
...you know every town clerk in your state by name.
...the town clerks lock the doors when they see you coming.
...you're more interested in what happened in 1697 than 1997.
...you store your clothes under the bed and your closet is carefully stacked with notebooks and journals.
...you can pinpoint Harrietsham, Hawkhurst, and Kent on a map of England, but can't locate Topeka, Kansas.
...all your correspondence begins, "Dear Cousin,"
...you've traced every one of your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it all fully documented, and still don't want to quit.
The Elusive Ancestor:
Mary Burdick (email@example.com), wife of Kenneth Burdick, who is in the direct line from Robert, reports that they had visted Nellie Johnson at her home just before she passed away. Mary says Ms. Johnson had always hoped to add to her book but her age caught up with her.
Phil Burdick (Eddieburd@aol.com), has the answer to a piece of Burdick history that was on sale on E-Bay (a magazine ad fromt he 60's showing Eugene Burdick). Phil recognized this Eugene Burdick as the co-author of the book "The Ugly American" written, in 1958, with WIlliam Lederer. Eugene Burdick also wrote the novels "Fail-Safe" and "The Blue of Capricorn" in the 60's. Thanks Phil, mystery solved!
Joe Burdick, a very proud new Uncle, (firstname.lastname@example.org), would like to announce the birth of a brand New Burdick. Daniel Wayne Burdick Jr. was born on February 15th at 9:29 P.M. to Joe's brother, Dan, and his wife Lisa. Danny Jr. was 21 inches long and weighed in at a cool 8 lbs. 10 oz. Joe says this is quite small for a baby on this side of the family, since he was 10 lbs 12 oz when I was born (your poor mother!) Dan and Lisa can be emailed at email@example.com if you wish to send congratulations.
The Internet address that Duffy Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) provided for Cyrus Henry Brown's speech (see last month's newsletter) is no longer valid. Duffy has found another way to access the speech at: http://members.xoom.com/jweaver300/topic/nstonect.htm
Carolyn Long-Silvers, of Burdick descent, (email@example.com), wishes to report the birth of her grandson, Brodie Micheal Rodan, born to her daughter, Amy, on February 14th. Carolyn will share with him, as she has with her daughter his rich herritge from the Burdick past.