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A Genealogical Brick Wall Tumbles!

One of my early genealogical finds was the marriage of my maternal 4th great-grandparents Eleanor Johnson and Samuel Cliver in Burlington County in 1812. Subsequently, I found Eleanor's death certificate. Her father's name was listed as Daniel Johnson of Monmouth County. I have searched and searched unsuccessfully for information on said Daniel Johnson. Well, today after watching an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" I logged on to Ancestry.com and typed in Samuel Cliver. One of the records that came up was from the Monmouth County Orphans Court. So I check that out and what I found as...

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Damon Fowler – Devil Got His Way – Added to the Mix!

So for the most part I was successful in finding dead people today. Well, not really dead people just their death certificates. I went to the State Archives and found about ten certificates for my wife's extensive genealogical research. On my way there are back, I continued this week's musical journey and listened to a little Americana, roots, blues from Damon Fowler's latest album on Blind Pig Records Devil Got His Way and a little folk/Americana from The David Wax Museum and Brad Boyer. So all in all, it was a good afternoon!! Damon Fowler is a blues artist from...

Genealogy

Who Do I Think I am? A Mutt!!

So Who do I think I am? My ancestry comes from all over the Europe!! Over the last fifteen years or so Kathy and I have done a lot of genealogical studying of our family trees, her tree, due to her great skills at genealogy, has many, many more branches than mine!! My ancestors I'm convinced were in the 1800's equivalent witness protection program! But actually I don't think it's that bad so let's see where those roots reach. On my father's mother's side they reach into Saxony and Dresden, Germany. We have a picture of my great-grandfather Herman Meyer...

Life's Stories

Phillies thoughts the day after!

So this morning after the Phillies season came to an inglorious end last night, I started thinking about the team and the franchise. The franchise has lost more games than any other franchise in sports history having broken the 10,000 game mark a few years ago! Being a Phillies follower for the last 50 years (is that possible?) I've seen my fair share of those loses! Including those 23 in a row and 1972 when the team won 54 games and Steve Carlton won 27 of them! I've seen the team go from worst to first from 1992 to 1993...

Family

Willpower – Go Will – Let’s Fight Lung Cancer!

So last night was one of those nights when real life takes over from music listening and blogging. About six to eight weeks before my son Peter and Missy's wedding, Missy's brother Will was in the hospital and being treated for pneumonia when the doctors discovered spots on his lungs and he was diagnosed with Stage Four lung cancer. It appears to be mostly in in one lung and at that point it was unknown whether the spots on the other lung were cancerous. It was hoped that it was not and then the bad lung could be removed. When...

Americana

Red Horse – Gorka, Gilkyson, and Kaplansky

So I finally got a chance to listen to the new project of three artists whose music I enjoy. Red Horse the self titled album that combines the talents of three great songwriters John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, and Lucy Kapansky. I've been a Gorka fan since I first heard "I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair" on a compilation album put out by Windham Hill in 1989 titled Legacy: A Collection of New Folk Music. That CD also introduced me to Pierce Pettis, Cliff Eberhardt, David Massengill, Sara Hickman and Bill Morrissey. Of the six artist Gorka and Morrissey are...