Are You a Historian or Genealogist, or Both?

Lately it seems we are having to explain that in order to do genealogy with out some of the major hiccups that do happen, one needs to learn some history of the region of which you are researching.

As a avid historian, I was amazed to learn but should not have been that Connecticut and it’s neighbors fought over their boundaries. For all the research and reading I have done and a cousin that lived in Connecticut that shared lots with me I never really gave Connecticut borders a thought, for boundary changes. DUH ME. Right.

It seems every major border probably had some disagreements. After all Iowa and Missouri did, why not every state or even counties.

Struggled for years over the location of some of the JONES family in New England.  It seems New York, Massachussetts and Vermont had some very major disputes.  A cousin related to me that the border moved east then west, then north then back again more than once in one region.

My Great Grandfather’s home was on the Iowa -Missouri border. He died in Missouri and was taken out the door to Iowa for burial in Iowa. The door on other side of house was in Missouri.

After all, Virginia claimed a share of the lower part of Pennsylvania, as did Maryland and promised the new land owners that they were buying Virginia land.  Why? because the rules by British Crown were different for Virginians than Pennsylvanians. Virginia was more settled and laws were (what I think were more fair). Mr. Penn’s agreement was not as gracious as what Lord Fairfax and his other compatriots had gotten some years earlier.

Maryland on the eastern side of PA claimed up several miles into PA for land. PA did the same down into Maryland. So watch the dates for when and where records may be.

This caused a major exodus of Southwest Pennsylvanians to go to Monroe, Belmont and Guernsey Co. etc, area of Ohio.  But not limited to that area. When Pennsylvania claimed this land after the borders were re recorded Mason – Dixon Line.

My ancestor Henry Huffman/Hoffman went with carrying chains as a young man on the early mapping of the border, prior to the final one done.

It seems my family of ancestors seemed to like to live in areas of dispute often. When Dad bought his land, he had option to purchase some that was on other side of creek. Option came about because home and building were in Sonoma County and the creek was boundary to Marin County.  Ultimately he only rented that land from the family and did not purchase it. The taxes were prohibitive on the Marin side and it was barren land with tulle plants covering a good share of it. We used it for summer pasture.

So take the time to read a bit about the region you are going to dig into to better understand the lay of the land and the politics of the region at that time.







Do you live in California?

Do You Live In California?    If you do please understand why I am posting this here.

As a genealogy/historian researcher who loves to share and travel a bit I have been informed of a very dark deed done against us Californians.

We have suddenly been saddled with a law that will make our fees to function $500 a person higher in California if you are a driver.  This money is supposed to go to fix our roads but it was not written for that to happen.

We wonder why people migrated from place to place, this type of thing could be the very reason many migrated at various times over the years.

Please if you value your freedom and keep track of your funds go to this site I am going to post and read what we are about to endure unless help comes along.

Alas our gas fees are higher than  most states already. Signatures are needed to repeal this event from taking place.  Please read this below link and be amazed at what some think we can endure.  People now are balancing between medicines and food and now this.

Carl thanks for the additional information besides what was in our newspaper today.

$500 is awful increase to most peoples budgets. Thanks San Diego Tribune for the additional information.  This will affect every driving person in the state of California and it will not guarantee fixed roads.


Fox News profiled our campaign and the amazing grassroots support we are getting (see article below) but we still need to raise $23,000 to print the Recall Petitions and get started.

Stop the Car and Gas Tax by contributing ANYTHING you can at this link!

The Sacramento politicians are counting on us to do nothing and just accept paying hundreds more each year under this tax. That’s why I implore you to help at this critical point in the campaign.  If we work together, we WILL reverse this tax hike.

Please let me know if you can help TODAY because we hoping to go to print next week with the petitions!

-Carl DeMaio

PS: Here is the Fox News story on our campaign’s momentum. Fox News: California Gas Tax Prompts Fierce Backlash


Names we should ? ponder more.

As we do our genealogical / historical research for families of our past, we occasionally run across some not so often used words in our todays world.

Someone posted this and I grabbed it because it seems to hold a  great many of those so unused names of the past.

One of my favorites is: discombobulate.

Also hullaballoo says so much.

May you have fun attempting to bring them back in their old glory of use.


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Henry G. Jones of Iowa

Henry G Jones of Iowa was born in Rensselaer Co. New York, Petersburg area, Jones Hollow Jones Rd. exposure.


Henry was the first living born child of Noyes Jones and Susan Madison Jones.

3 Sept 1834 Petersburg area as best learned so far.

His family moved to Nunda, Illinois after  1855.  Some of his siblings joined the CW from this area. Not found if he has yet.

Noel Jones his next born brother did not come west. Story says he died in the east and I am still looking for confirming information on the story.

William Harrison, went by Harrison, joined the CW with his next brother Calvin Fay serving the same unit.  Harrison was lost at Stone River Battle, Tenn and  Calvin was nursed back to health and walked back to ILL. We have picture of his tombstone thanks to another cousin.

He married Kathryn Kerns.  They had children, She died 1890 and later he married.

His new wife’s name was Maude Mae Stephens,  in Iowa marriage records she is called Mac J Stephens.  Dad said she was Maude Mae others said Mary Jane Stephens?. She lived in Dyersville, Iowa. She married Henry Jones on 12-25-1891 at Manchester, IOWA.  Her first marriage  his second. Her family from England according to her great Grandaughter Carolin. *she has more records on her GGrandmother’s family.

She lived with Jessie after Henry’s death according to the 1925 Iowa State Census. She was a widow at age 66 and Jessie was 30.   Susan Madison is also listed as Henry’s mother on the Iowa Marriage Record,  Nois, (Norris? looks like) NOYES is listed as the father of Henry Jones.

The children were: Elsie (Donalson) m John Miller; Hubert Jones, &  Jesse Marion Jones  b Nashua IA,  died Nashua IA m Bernice Ruth Plants   She was born 21 July 1901Beaver, IA and died 7 April 1984 Nashua IA.

Jesse Marion and Bernice Ruth Plants Jones  had Charles Edward and Alice Mae.

Carolin Forbes <>  or

Contact either Carolin Forbes  or I,  if you have more information or would like to be included in the hunt.

This line descends down from Teague Jones and supposedly according to England Christopher Jones of the Mayflower.

“Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: The Genealogical Proof Standard and Performing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search” presented by Randy Seaver.

Next CVGS Saturday Workshop – 7 January 2017

The January 7th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road), Bonita, CA.

  The subject will be:  “Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: The Genealogical Proof Standard and Performing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search” presented by Randy Seaver.

This event is free for all to attend.

A description of the presentation is:

“Are you familiar with the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard GPS)? It deals with information, sources, evidence, analysis and proof, and was developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). It is the ‘standard’ methodology for professionals proving assertions of genealogical facts. The first element of the GPS is ‘to do a reasonably exhaustive search.’

“In this presentation, Randy will explain the GPS, take a whirlwind tour through traditional and online resources that should be included in an exhaustive search, discuss his favorite search strategies and techniques, and describe a Case Study of one of his elusive ancestors that illustrates the concepts of the GPS.”