Update – February 7, 2017

This update is a cosmetic one. I made a number of changes to the formatting and output from my database. The highlights:

  • Google Maps icon links now appear next to place names. Click them to bring up a map showing the place.
  • A new people index: Ancestor Index under the Genealogy Records menu. This is a list of direct ancestors.
  • Quick links on the left side of the Genealogy Records section.
  • Significant changes to the person entry pages. The timeline table has been replaced with a narrative section. Census listings and residences are now listed in a separate table. There are other minor adjustments to the layouts of these pages.

You will also see a large number of people listed as updated under the What’s New page – these updates are mostly housekeeping and clean-up edits within my database to improve narrative flow and do not contain any new information about these individuals.


Genealogy Records Update – January 16, 2017

The first update in about 2.5 years just went up.  The list of which records were added/updated is on the What’s New page.  Essentially, anything there dated from 2016 and 2017 is new or updated.

Most of these changes are from three update sessions:

  • Some research into the Moore/Hubarth lines I did in 2016
  • Entry of the Family of Mark and Lena Lee booklet from the 2014 Lee Family Reunion
  • Entry of some documents, family group charts, and descendant charts related to the Lee, Cooper, Reed, and Hoover lines that were in my grandmother’s possession

I still have considerable material to update, including some new information on the Gaylord line I received from John Archer last year.


Genealogy Records Update – 24 Jun 2014

An update to the Genealogy Records has been posted.

Surnames updated/added: Adriaan, Arnold, Benedict, Bosch, Brink, Bush, Chaddock, Cooper, Davis, Elenbaas, Fisher, Fredenburg, Harding, Hunter, Hutchinson, Lee, Mogg, Murphy, Phelps, Reed, Robinson, Roosa, Smiley, Van Etten, Warden, Wolfe

Previous update: 12 May 2014

Click here to see the change history for individual page entries.


I meant to do an update before the Lee Family Reunion this past weekend, but real life decided to take over my free time and available energy.  It is just as well because I was able to pick up the latest copy of the Lee Family Book that Aunt Phyllis has been diligently maintaining for a number of years.  The first few pages contain a wealth of information about my great grandparents, Mark Lee and Lena Cooper, as well as a large number of their ancestors and extended family.  I have included some of this information in today’s update along with a few other pages from the stack of items I received from my grandmother (more to come on that later).


Other changes in this update:

New and Improved

If you logged into the site before today, you might have noticed a change in the site’s appearance.  I was dissatisfied with the previous design and the obvious split between two sections of the site.  Admittedly, the original site was hastily thrown together so I could get the information on the web quickly.  With the new design, I made a conscious effort to focus on appearance and usability while easily allowing for future additions.  The entire site now has a consistent theme with a simpler menu structure.  I have also added some new features.

This is a short summary of the major changes and improvements (there are minor changes not listed here because I am lazy and they are not terribly interesting):

  • The site no longer requires you to register before you can view the content.  This was a barrier for a number of people, and was really a solution in search of a problem.  Registration is still required for posting comments and photos.
  • The menus have been improved and reorganized with a few items changed to drop-down menus to allow more direct access to some sub-pages.  This removed much of the clutter from the main page.
  • What were formerly two visibly separate sections of the site, the blog and tree, are now fully integrated.  Aside from a handful of differences in the sidebar links, there is very little distinction between these sections.
  • What’s New: this new page gives a list of people whose information was recently changed.
  • Most Wanted: this new page contains a list of information that I am currently most interested in finding.  It will be periodically updated as old questions are answered and new ones replace them.
  • The About and Privacy pages were given a much-needed re-write.  I added new pages with the site’s Rules and a Help page.
  • An RSS feed (clicky clicky if you don’t know what RSS is and want more info) has been added so you can get new blog posts sent to your browser or mobile device.
  • There is a new search function added to the genealogy records.
  • The genealogy records pages have been redesigned.  The person pages no longer present you with a wall of text.
  • There is a link to the Facebook group for the benefit of people that do not arrive at the site through Facebook.
  • There are “share” links that will allow you to easily share pages or posts through e-mail and Facebook.

I hope you enjoy the improvements.  If you have any suggestions or requests or see anything peculiar, please let me know.


Update – 12 May 2014

Since the annual Lee family reunion in June is coming up soon, I decided to spend some time working on this side of the family.  I have added a few new documents, and a handful of new people to the Cooper surname.  This is a small content update, but I posted it because there were some background changes on the Tree that I needed to have live on the site because…reasons.

New information and photographs have been added for:

These individuals have been added to the database:

Documents added:

If an image of a document was available, I included it in the update.  You will be able to find the image in the sources list on the tree, or by following the source citations at the bottom of each person’s entry.

Moore Tree Update

Over the holidays I did a good deal of online searching on the Moore line and came away with quite a few documents.  This update represents about half of these documents.  This is just a quick list of who was updated:

New information added to:

  • Edgar Moore
  • Beatrice Eva Shaylor
  • Edgar H Moore
  • Linda Fay Gaylord

New information and photographs added to:

  • Donald Kenneth Moore
  • Cecilia Marie Moore

These new people have been added:

  • Robert Moore
  • Jessie C Black
  • Charles Shaylor
  • Grace M Hathaway
  • Bruce Norman Moore
  • Jessie L Moore
  • Robert M Moore


If an image was available for these new documents, I included a copy in this update.  To see an image of the original source, just click on the citation source number when viewing a person entry.

Update – 11 January 2014

I made a quick update on the blog side today with the addition of a photo gallery plugin.  There are only a few photos uploaded right now, but there is more to come.  This plugin is also supposed to allow users to upload their own photos, so feel free to post any you might want to share.  Just be aware there are some size limitations for uploading: 7 megabytes maximum, and 2800 x 2100 pixels.

Also worth noting: all files uploaded here are automatically reduced in size by the software and optimized for on-screen viewing.  If you want a larger copy that is good for printing, consider contacting the person that uploaded the photo.

What’s in the Tree?

The tree is based on the contents of my genealogy database (TMG) with some bits filtered out.  This information is based mainly on a research project my father created for a family history class.  I entered the data contained in his project into TMG.  Based on the number of names alone, this project represents about 75% of the current database content.  It’s an incredible base to start from.  Another 20% of the entries are the result of my wife and I just writing down our own knowledge.  The rest are from several other sources I have located myself.