(Periodically I think it's a good idea to let you know where things stand with my plans. As I've stated before, when I started this project I had three goals: (1) digitize Nellie Johnson's book, "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island", into a computer-readable, searchable file, (2) implement an on-line database of Nellie's book, and (3) update the entire genealogy to bring it up-to-date. The first two items have been completed for some time and the third item (the one I knew would take the longest) is well underway. Following are more details. -- HB)
It’s hard to believe that the Burdick genealogy has been on-line for four years now (see the Spring 2009 Burdick Newsletter.) The genealogy has grown tremendously from its first appearance – it now records over 71,000 individuals and nearly 27,000 families. Since there are many new readers of the Newsletter over the last four years I thought this might be a good time to review the current state of the Burdick Family Association and where I plan to take it from here -- and how you can help.
First, let me refresh your memory on the database application I use to maintain the Burdick genealogy. It's called TNG, which stands for “The Next Generation.” It was created by Darrin Lythgoes who should, in my opinion, go down in history as someone who changed the world of genealogy. TNG, unlike most other genealogy applications, was designed to be used on the Internet. This is a truly remarkable application that has grown in features and, I'm guessing, in sales every year. As I surf the Internet I see TNG popping up on more and more web sites.
I won’t go into all the features provided by TNG, but I will mention that my implementation of it uses only a subset of what it can actually do. As I’ve also noted, the cost is remarkably low – only $33! (OK, that’s $3 more than what Darrin charged in 2009, but it's still a steal). I recently upgraded to Darrin’s latest Version 9 which, again, was incredibly low at a charge of $15. And that $15 brought the services of Darrin himself to perform the upgrade! As a long-time IT professional, I can attest to the problems usually associated with software upgrades. There were none with TNG.
But back the Burdick genealogy. As you know, the first step was to reproduce Nellie Johnson’s 1937 book, “The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island”, as a database. This task was completed but I’m still working on her 1952-53 supplement. For those of you who have seen the supplement, it looks like, as Jim Croce said of Leroy Brown, "a jigsaw puzzle with a couple of pieces gone." I can only work on a page or two before I turn to wine cellar for relief! In my own defense, though, I have been busy with your family updates and, procrastinator that I can be, always seem to put transposing the supplement at the bottom of my priority list. It is now about 15% complete… and I am not going to make any predictions on when I will finish it.
Speaking of your family updates, you have been wonderful! To date, I have received about 200 extensions to family lines that appear in Nellie’s book and several unrecorded family lines that did not appear at all. I can't express how thankful I am to all of you for providing this information, as will benefit researchers 100 years from now. Thank you, thank you, thank you! But I still need to hear from a lot of you. So if you have not yet sent me your family line, please do! It is important. Don't worry about the format, I can deal with just about anything (except for a link to your family tree on Ancestry.com, please don’t do that!)
But I know that someday – probably within a year or two – I’ll have exhausted the Burdick family extensions you send me, other than new people who find my site and want to contribute. I’ll also eventually incorporate all of Nellie’s supplement into the genealogy. At that point I’ll have to find something else to keep me busy. Much to my wife’s chagrin (just kidding, Lois is always supportive of my hobby/obsession), I have a line-up of next steps.
Of course, I’ll continue to produce these Newsletters. Doing this consumes about 40-50% of the time I have to devote to the Burdick family, but I feel the Newsletter is important as it keeps us engaged as a family. Plus, it is the best means I currently have to get the word out for people seeking their Burdick roots.
A few items sorely need my attention. First is the Burdick Family Association web site. It has been too many years since I updated its look-and-feel. Web technology has progressed a lot and the site has an old and tired feel to it. As part of that upgrade, I need to figure out how to better present and honor our Burdick military family members. Other sections of the web site need work, but especially the military segment. I’ve also been contemplating how to create an “exchange”, of sorts, that will allow you, as a family member, to record your own brick walls or provide information to others without having to use me as an intermediary.
Once all of this is under control, I plan to turn my attention to those thousands of family lines that currently end. Guess what that means? I’ll become more of an actual genealogist, like most of you. I know there are huge numbers of unrecorded family members out there just waiting to be “found”, and I want to record as many of them as I can. We (you and me) may be fanatical about recording our branch of the Burdick tree, but let’s face it, the majority of people just don’t care (or don’t have time) to track their relatives down.
So I'll be electing myself "Finder in Chief". There are virtually unlimited sources of information, so I should have no problem filling up the rest of my productive days searching for family lines. Sorry Lois...
Here again, you can help. If you get bored and want something to do you, too, can trace a Burdick line to two and send me the results. Actually, a few of you have done this already and I appreciate it very much.
Lately, I've been thinking about how to wrap all of this up. (By "wrap up" I mean planning for that eventual day when I will be nothing more than an historical record in the Burdick genealogy.)
I've been giving thought to how I can preserve what you and I have created. Actually, the rest of this Newsletter is devoted to that subject. The founding work on our family's past was produced by William Stanton Burdick Harcourt and was saved from oblivion by Heber Grant. Nellie Johnson produced a 1400-plus page book that now safely resides in libraries and people's homes. What you and I have built to append their work requires the same preservation.
Our modern digital age presents enormous advantages that researchers just thirty years ago would have died for. Can you imagine what Nellie or Mr. Harcourt could have done with the tools we take for granted? But we also have new challenges. Books and libraries continue to be repositories, but producing something akin to Nellie's work would be prohibitively expensive. Technology changes so fast that what is "cutting edge" today may be obsolete tomorrow (remember 8-track tapes? floppy disks? or even Windows XP?) Preservation is synonymous to permanency, and that is what I am seeking.
So, in closing, here is another area in which I need your help. I suspect some of you have thought through these issues. I'd like to know your opinions. After all, as I've said many times, you are the experts, not me. I look forward to hearing from you.
(Julie has graciously allowed me to reproduce an article she wrote a couple of years ago to help people preserve their genealogical work. It is, by no means, the only way to do this, but it makes some great suggestions. I know of several genealogists who have passed on and their life's work has been lost. Don't be one of them! -- HB)
by Julie Miller, CG
JPM Genealogy Research
Originally published in The Broomfield Enterprise
February 13, 2011
What is going to happen to your genealogy research when you are gone? This is not a subject most of us want to think about. However, it is something that all genealogists should take time to plan.
Genealogists spend a considerable amount of time and money tracing their family. Most people do not think to include their research in an estate plan, but that is where it belongs. It is an invaluable gift to your children, grandchildren and your future descendants.
In addition, your work could benefit others working on your family lines or in the areas of your research. There is not a researcher alive today that has not benefited from the work of another long-gone genealogist.
The solution is to create a plan for what will happen to your genealogical research after you die. Make a list and start working on the plan today.
1. Where will your research go?
Talk to your children and grandchildren to see if they want all or part of your collection. If no one in your immediate family is interested, perhaps a cousin would like to have it. If you have research material that is specific to a location, consider donating it to the local historical society or library.
Your collection will have books, manuals, completed files, files that are being actively worked on and files that need further research. The collection might need to be divided up. Someone in your family might want the completed work, but has no interest in doing further research. It would be a shame to lose the research that is incomplete. That research may help a cousin or other distant relative working on the same lines.
Is there a nearby library that would like your book collection? If not, consider making arrangements to have the books sold after your death. An Ebay auction is one way of how they could be sold.
2. The next step is to prepare the material.
Organize and label everything so that it is clearly identified as genealogical material. It is likely that someone else will not take the time or have the knowledge to go through your stuff to determine the significance of each item. If this task is left to your family, they might not see the value in something that is actually very important.
Have just one file for each person. If you have more than one file on a person, chances are there will be multiple copies of documents. When combining the files, the duplicate copies should be thrown away.
It is essential to have a good paper filing system. Go through your files and purge. If it is important, keep it. Be sure that you can retrieve it easily. If it's not important enough to file, throw it away. I know that is a hard thing to do.
My friend Jan has a great alternate system. Beside her garbage can, she has a "but I might need this" box. This is not for all trash, just those things that you are reluctant to throw away. Put the "but I might need this" item in the box. If you need it in the next six months, fish it out and use it. Every six months go to the bottom of the box and throw away the bottom half, leaving the top half in the box. Continue to put things on the top of the pile, then empty again in six months. This takes away some of the anxiety over throwing away something that might be needed later.
We genealogists tend to keep everything. Keep the research (including notes) but throw away the other stuff. If you have your data in a genealogy program, get rid of all the old handwritten family group sheets. Throw away those CDs of indexes that are now online. Other items that are probably not needed: Old copies of genealogy society newsletters, magazines, journals, etc. Tear out the articles that you want to keep, then throw away the rest. Sign up for electronic copies of publications whenever possible so the stacks don't start growing again.
Recycle old editions of books, magazines and journals that are in good condition by donating to a small library (large libraries are usually not interested) or take them to your genealogy society meeting and give the items away.
Document family artifacts and keepsakes. Take photos of each item, then arrange the photos in a binder with a description of each item and how it is important to your family. I would suggest that you share the binder contents with your children so that these items are not trashed after you are gone.
Organize all genealogy materials in one place, not scattered about the house. Keep a list of all the material and store it with other estate planning records like your will. Organize your electronic filing system also. Set up folders for your genealogy files, keeping all your work together in those folders.
3. Consider a digital estate plan.
You probably have numerous online accounts. Make a list of the accounts with user names and passwords. Think about your photo accounts, such as Flickr and Google, blogs, genealogy sharing websites such as MyHeritage and The Next Generation, and subscription sites like Ancestry and Footnote. Password-protect the list file, then your family will only need the location of the file and one user name and password. Do not include user names and passwords in a written will since that will becomes public record after your death.
There are Web sites that offer services to help with your digital estate plan. Legacy Locker, DataInherit, Entrustet and Ideparted are just a few of those that offer various services.
Make a commitment today to start working on your genealogy estate plan. By thinking ahead, you will preserve your genealogy for your descendants and assure access to your research for future genealogists.
(Tim Salls is the Manager of Manuscript Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS). I contacted him to ask how genealogists can preserve their work for the inevitable day when they are gone. Tim kindly responded and provided the following thoughts and suggestions. He also indicated that most of their archival training is geared towards repositories that need to deal with these issues, so he would be very interested to hear reports from individuals who try the different methods and software so that he can refine his recommendations for the preservation of personal digital resources. So if you have some ideas, please pass them onto Tim. -- HB)
NEHGS collects, preserves, and interprets materials to document and make accessible the histories of families in America.
NEHGS Special Collections to date typically produces a hard copy from donated electronic files though these have been limited in scope (i.e. either images of Bible record pages or compiled genealogies under a hundred pages or so). We keep the print copy together with a copy of the electronic file. We have been hesitant to rely on a single preservation approach for electronic records. Our current approach, however, probably wouldn’t work well if we start receiving multiple websites with large amounts of content.
The first question that needs to be answered is how important is it to capture the appearance and manner of use of the website versus just the data made available through the site.
Preservation of the data on a genealogical website:
Method 1: Physical book
The publication of a physical book is an option. The costs involved vary widely depending upon how much assistance you need. At one end of the cost spectrum is desk-top published; printing at the high end is professionally produced books. I have also seen good results produced via print on demand (POD) vendor like lulu.com. In [the] case [of the Burdick genealogy], the amount of data you have collected would most likely require multiple volumes which would raise costs. Here is a link to NEHGS Publications http://www.americanancestors.org/book-submission-guidelines/.
Method 2: E-book
The production of an e-book is another possibility. A low-end possibility includes just producing a PDF and sending that file to libraries. NEHGS can make e-books available through our library catalog database. See List #1 at http://library.nehgs.org/ftlist/, but many other libraries would need this on a CD-ROM. Other e-book options include (most requires royalty and/or fees):
Kindle Direct Publishing (http://kdp.amazon.com)
Barnes & Noble PubIt (http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com)
I think that you would still need to divide up the content [of the Burdick genealogy] since you have so much data, even with an e-book, to keep the file sizes reasonable.
Method 3: Preservation of a genealogical website as an object:
Preservation of static websites (the only interactivity being the links that enable movement from one document to another or from one part of the site to another) follows an object-driven approach of “snapshots” of the site and a log that tracks changes (when and how documents are removed, replaced, or updated). A website that also includes form-based interactivity would require, in addition to snapshots and change log, the data provided by the visitor(s), the form itself, and human readable source code of the script or program which enables the form’s functionality.
Preservation of a dynamically generated website is very complex and requires the capture and storage of user profiles, style sheets, search engine, scripts and programs, database transaction logs, etc.
The following are two good resources for preserving a website:
POWR: The Preservation of Web Resources Handbook (PDF)
Library of Congress: “Keeping Personal Web sites, Blogs and Social Media” (http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/websites.html)
Since the POWR PDF was produced back in 2008, here is a list of some web archiving tools:
NetArchive Suit (http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/external/netarchive-suite)
WebCurator Tool (http://www.dcc.ac.uk/resources/external/web-curator-tool-0)
WARCreate, a Google Chrome Extension that creates a WARC file from any webpage (http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mkelly/papers/2012_jcdl_warcreate.pdf)
I know this is a lot of information with links to even more data. I hope it is helpful and I commend you for being proactive!
(After all this discussion of how to ensure our genealogical research outlives us, I thought it would be good to finish this Newsletter with an example of why we need to be prepared. While Alvah Lincoln Burdick (I1982) is remembered in history, I would NOT recommend following his path to notoriety! -- HB)
South County Public Service Company a player in Burdick death
Published in the Narragansett Times, January 11, 2013
By Kelly Sullivan
Charlestown - It was early in the evening of July 7, 1930 and Alvah Lincoln Burdick had just returned home from his work at Columbia Narrow Fabric Company in Shannock, where he had been employed for four years. A few minutes after entering the house, located on Main Street in Carolina, he heard a strange noise coming from the cellar. He went down to investigate and discovered that the noise was coming from the electrical water pump. As he shut off the current, the heavy voltage that had been passing through the pump, passed instead through his body, electrocuting him.
Alvah's wife, Mary, heard the awful sound and hurried down into the cellar to see what had happened. There, she found her husband's body laying over the pump. Quickly, she grabbed him and tried to pull him up but her efforts were in vain so she ran to call for the doctor. Upon the arrival of two local physicians, Alvah was pronounced dead.
He had been an asset to his community; a former member of the Carolina Band, past Grand Master of Friendship Lodge #7, and a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics. He was also a lifelong lover of sports and had been considered one of the best ball players in all of South County.
Born in Westerly on October 12, 1866, he was the son of William Burdick, a house carpenter, and Sarah Sherman Potter. He began working in the local mills at the age of thirteen and spent most of his life employed as a weaver. On December 11, 1886, Alvah married Mary Browning Sherman in South Kingstown. The couple went on to have five children; Edith, Claude, Harold, Elva, and a child who died young.
Alvah's funeral was held from his home on the afternoon of July 10, with the pastor of the Carolina Baptist Church officiating. He was laid to rest in First Hopkinton Cemetery. However, Mary Burdick was not about to bury her beloved husband and simply try to move on. She brought a $50,000 damage suit against the South County Public Service Company. Stating that she was suing the company for the benefit of her children, she claimed that the defendants had been careless and negligent, her husband's death resulting.
An investigation showed that a high service power line had fallen and come into contact with the feed line running from the service line into the house. Designed to provide a mere 110 volts of electricity into the house, the failure of the company to follow safety measures, allowed 4,400 volts of electricity to pass into the house and through Alvah Burdick's body.
Kelly Sullivan is a freelance history and features for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers.
Sandra Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) wanted to let everyone know that her father, Leon Elvin Burdick, of Oak Park, IL, passed away February 28, 2013 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Luz Maria, his four daughters and his seven grandchildren.
Ray Maxson (email@example.com) is Membership Chairman of the Mayflower Society. He wants us to know that Burdick family members are eligible to join. If you have an interest, contact him.
Fran Stuart Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) came across something interesting and was wondering if you know anything more. Her gg-grandfather was Ambrose Hall Burdick (1805-1895.) Some of this family branch was from Rhode Island and New York. Fran also came across an Ambrose Hall who was the maternal grandfather of Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill. Jennie's mother was Clarissa (Clara) Hall, born in New York, 1825. Can anyone determine if there is a connection between Fran's Ambrose Hall Burdick and Winston Churchill's g-grandfather?
Cindy Smith (email@example.com), our family flight attendant, seems to be cursed (or blessed, depending on how you look at it!) She had a flight layover in Boston on Patriots Day and decided to catch the end of the Boston Marathon. Luckily, writing an email to recommend her great-niece into a sorority kept her from being on the street when the terrorist bombs exploded. Not satisfied with that close call, Cindy got home to Houston only to be caught in that city's massive flood! The lost her car but, thank God, not her life. Adventures seem to follow this lady around!
Jacci Arbs' (MustangJacci@aol.com) father, Frank, just received a medal from the Korean Consulate honoring his service. He was an ambulance driver who transported USO personalities during the Korean War. He once gave a ride to Marilyn Monroe!
Kim Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Secretary of the Central Square (New York) Community Historical Society. She is seeking information about Jefferson Burdick (I222642), his sister Beatrice (Burdick) Gorman (I122642), and their parents, William (I2642) and Mary Burdick, who ran a farm outside of Central Square (probably on County Route 12, Caughdenoy Road.) You may remember that Jefferson donated his extensive baseball card collection and other memorabilia to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where it is held as an important part of the museum's inventory. The Historical Society wants to honor the memory of Jefferson Burdick and his family as one of the as founding farming family of the community. If you are related to this line, or have any information, photographs or know the exact location of William and Mary Burdick's farm please contact Kim. Thanks.
Steven Wiezbicki (email@example.com) is writing a history of the 169th N.Y. Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, and is trying to locate the grave of Private Edwin H. Brock, Co. H, who was from Petersburg, NY, and was killed in action at Suffolk, Va., on April 24th, 1863. There was an entry in the Burdick Newsletter (March/April, 2004) that mentioned Edwin H. Brock, who may be Priv. Brock's son: "Addie Burdick, born November, 1863 in Berlin, Rensselaer Co. NY., and married to Edwin H. Brock. They lived in Petersburg and Raymertown, also in Rens. Co. NY, and Addie died December 6, 1933 in Raymertown. Both her and her husband are buried in Meadowlawn/Pleasant Valley cemetery in Rens. Co. Their children were Effie May, Cora, Frank, Myrtle, Elwin, Blanche, Forrest, Bessie, Hazel, Leland and Lela (twins), Edna, Maud, Jay and Clayton." Can you provide any additional information?
I have mentioned Kevin Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) in this newsletter before, usually about his music. But today I wanted to mention him for a very special reason - something he has never told me about. Ten years ago Kevin started the Dempsey Burdick Memorial Foundation to honor his infant daughter who died two hours after her birth. Kevin spared no expense for Dempsey's headstone, but after walking through the cemetery, he began to feel guilty, realizing how many other families couldn't afford even a simple stone to honor and remember a life taken too soon. So the Foundation provides those funds. To date, it has provided headstones for more than 30 families. You can read the entire story at http://www.kpho.com/story/21549654/co-worker-pays-it-forward-to-man-giving-back-to-mourning-families. Also check out Kevin's web site at http://www.kevinburdick.com.
Lou Ureneck (email@example.com) is a professor at Boston University and a well-known author. He is currently writing a book about the burning of the city of Smyrna in Asia Minor in 1922 with special focus on Admiral Mark Bristol who is a key figure in the story. Bristol grew up in Glassboro, NJ, and Sarah (Amelia Corey) Burdick (I11468) was likely his school teacher. Bristol's early life is a mystery and Lou is hoping that his connection to Sarah Burdick can shed a little light on his boyhood. So it you are a descendant of this Burdick line, or know about this family, please contact Lou.
Jane Kellogg (firstname.lastname@example.org) sends word that Janet M. Page, age 75, of Eagles Mere, PA, and formerly of Binghamton, NY and Ithaca NY, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Jan was born in Binghamton, NY on July 4, 1937, the daughter of the late Dorothy Kalmbacher Burdick. She married Richard W. Page of Binghamton on August 24, 1957. She taught mathematics at Chenango Valley High School for several years before the birth of their two children and subsequent onset of MS. They relocated from the Binghamton area to Ithaca, NY in 1972, and retired to Eagles Mere, PA in 2006. Jan and Dick celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last year.
And Jane Maxson (email@example.com) saw the obituary for Lester W. Burdick, 60, beloved husband for 25 years of Jacqueline (Shea) Burdick, of Pawcatuck, RI. He passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Lester was born in Westerly, and was the son of the late Grover and Shirley Burdick. He was employed as a crane mechanic for E.B. Division of General Dynamics for 34 years and was a lifetime member of the Westerly Fire Department, Engine 1. (Jane knew Lester's dad.)
On a much happier note, Bob Burdick (firstname.lastname@example.org) is pleased to announce the arrival of his granddaughter, Evelyn Kay Burdick, who was born April 5, 2013. Congrats!
Jody Pryor (email@example.com) is trying to prove or disprove something and needs assistance: Is Deborah Betsey Ferris, wife of Samuel Burdick (I471) the daughter of Edmund and Martha (Birch) Ferris? Jody has located a daughter of theirs named Betsy, born 1783, but nothing more. Nellie Johnson only lists Samuel's wife as Deborah Ferris, daughter of Edward Ferris (no mother listed.) Do you know anything more?
Sharon Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a useful tip she thought may be of interest. Her local library subscribes to Heritage Quest, which provides many thousands of old books online containing information on families, geographical areas and other things that help in family research. The library allows her to use this site from home, using her library card barcode for access. It is extremely convenient; the library allows this because their ability to provide on-line access is limited. So Sharon suggests you check with your library to see if they provide on-line genealogy resources, particularly from home. Libraries are often receptive to suggestions from patrons about services they would like to see offered, and can sometimes budget for this type of subscription. Great suggestion, thanks.
I have not mentioned this in a long time, and Jim Burdick (email@example.com) thought it would be good to let everyone, especially newer readers of this Newsletter, about the availability of an important resource. Reprints of Nellie Johnson's 1937 book, "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island", are available from the Higginson Book company (http://www.higginsonbooks.com). I have had a Higginson copy for many years and it is a very well-made book.
Hedy Carra (firstname.lastname@example.org) should give hope to all those researchers looking for ancestors. She began researching her father's roots two years ago and learned that Azariah Davidson married Nellie Tennant and had a daughter, Mima Davidson (Hedy's grandmother) in 1890. Azariah and Nellie were divorced before 1896. Azariah then married Lillian Dippy and they had two daughters, Eva and Marjorie. Marjorie married Luther Burdick (I3807) in New York in 1920 and they had three children. The Burdick Family website helped her find the name of one of the Burdick daughters with whom she was able to get in touch. This lady remembered the married name of Azariah’s sister which helped Hedy learn a little more. Hedy treasures the stories she shared - the kind that can only come from a living person. Hedy also posted a note in the September 2012 Newsletter about Nellie and has since found out that she remarried in 1904 and died in 1932; she is now searching for Azariah’s death date. So keep looking and follow all your leads, you never know what will turn up!
Stephen Burdick (email@example.com) has tried everything he can think of, but has thus far been unable to locate the gravesites of some of our distant Burdick ancestors. In particular, he's trying to find the resting places of Mary Foster (1675-1768), her husband, Samuel Burdick (I8) (1668-1756), Rebecca Foster (1681-?), and her husband, Robert Burdick (I10) (1674-?). They are all listed as dying in Washington, Rhode Island. Steven can't find their burial sites, cemetery, or even what town they're in. Can you help?
Kathy Pishaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for anyone related to or knows about Theresa Jane Perkins Vanduzee, Kathy's g-grandmother's sister. Theresa is also somehow related to Mabel S. Vanduzee (or Van Duzee), who was married to Bennie Leroy Burdick (I3917). Kathy descends from Clinton Love. Her g-grandfather is Clinton's son, Albert(1) and her grandfather is Albert(2). Albert (1) married Abby Scoville which is where the Scoville/Perkins name comes in (Abby's parents were Diantha Perkins and Abner Scoville.) Diantha's sister was Theresa Jane Perkins, thus the link to the Vanduzee name. Amongst other things, Kathy is looking for death information on Abner and Diantha. Abner died in a hunting accident at age 29, when Abby was just a baby or not even born yet, and Diantha disappears, as baby Abby went to live with her Perkins grandparents. If you can keep that all straight, you are better than me! And if you can provide any additional information, please contact Kathy.
Carolyn Madrid's (email@example.com) husband's gg-grandmother was Orcelia Jennie Burdick. Orcelia's parents were Daniel C. and Elizabeth (Chubb?) Burdick. Family history says that Daniel was from Ireland and Elizabeth from England; they met on their voyage to America and married shortly after their arrival in New York. Orcelia was born Sept. 27, 1868, followed by her sister, Cora. The 1870 Census finds Elizabeth and her two daughters in Olean, NY. When Orcelia was four or five years old Daniel was placed in a Sanatorium where he spent the rest of his life. He died in 1895. Elizabeth died when Orcelia was about six, at which time the sisters were sent to different institutions. Orcelia lived in an orphanage until she was sent to a Presbyterian Mission School for Girls in Santa Fe, NM and finally to a Methodist Mission School in Tiptonville, NM. There she met and married Epifanio (Faustin’s son) soon after his ordination in 1885-86. Carolyn is trying to find out more about Daniel and Elizabeth. Can you help? Can you recommend any resources to help her find her Irish and English roots?
Susan Madsen's (firstname.lastname@example.org) husband, Dean, is a descendant of Rebecca (Burdick) Winters (I811). As we know, Rebecca died in 1852 on the Mormon trail outside of Scottsbluff, NE. Susan knew that a photograph of Rebecca's skeleton was taken when, for safety reasons in 1995, the Burlington Northern Railroad (now BNSF) moved her grave to a small nearby park (by the way, it is a very nice park, if you are in the area be sure to stop by to see it.) Susan found the photo (it is posted in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site), but she would like to know more about the exhumation. There is an excellent article in The Deseret News (http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=336&dat=19951010&id=keJWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NewDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6860,6321030). Do you know more?
Does anyone know Suki Sharp, the daughter of Richard Lauriston 'Lauri' and Ruth (Burdick) Sharp? She was mentioned in the obituary of her mother which appeared in the Summer 2011 Newsletter. I was contacted by an old friend of hers who would like to make contact. If you know her, please contact me (email@example.com).