My name is Bonnie Jean MacDonald and I have been researching my family for over 14 years now.
You can find me at the Association of Professional Genealogists www.apgen.org or at the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists www.psapg.org. Or check out the About page for more information.
I am also the Newsletter Editor of the Washington State Genealogical Society http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wasgs/index.htm.
I have created several blogs in order to write about my family and what I have discovered. It helps to keep me sane! I am writing because I want to eventually compile books about the family. I have no children of my own except for the furry kind, so I am highly motivated. One of my clients lost his grandmother’s research and I helped to recreate as much as I could but still it is not the same. Walking in the footsteps of another is really a fun endeavor. My inspiration was my cousin Paul H. Goss who died in 1963. He did a great deal on the Goss Family research and he is the one who inspired several of my blogs.
On the right side of this blog you will find links to blogs I like and my other blogs. I have used Blogger and WordPress over the years. Each has its own interesting way of doing things.
All my blogs interrelate and are all are parts of my family tree.
I started with my Dad’s side of the family with the blog: The Man Who Lived Airplanes: The Life of Keith B. MacDonald to celebrate him and his love of airplanes. http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/ My dad’s mother was Grace Barclay McDonald the daughter of George and Amarilla, the subjects of this blog. This is about my surname of MacDonald with a little Barclay thrown in to show the connection to this blog.
On my mom’s side there is the blog about The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg, A Canadian Story http://boardmanbrown.wordpress.com/ I have met several cousins on this blog and never dreamed I would get as far as I have with the research. I am now not just a mix of English and Scottish but officially Irish as well!
Photographs of cemeteries visited were collecting dust and not helping others so I decided to create a blog about these cemeteries and share my finds: BJM’s Cemetery Discoveries can be found at this link: http://bjmcemeterydiscoveries.blogspot.com/ You actually might see references to this blog about a particular cemetery if it has something to do with my family. Other cemeteries were visited when I was helping clients with their research. There are also links to check out for researching cemeteries and more.
I have done two genealogical research trip blogs starting with Pennsylvania Wanderings: http://pawanderings.blogspot.com/ This blog is getting old and the links are starting to go bad. If you go there and have a problem email me and I will see if I can help. This was about the Goss Family and visiting the family historical sites in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area where they migrated to about 1769 from Massachusetts.
The Goss Family is connected to my dad through his great-grandmother Amarilla Spracklin who is featured on this blog. She has a lineage that goes deep into the 1600′s in Massachusetts. I traveled around Massachusetts in April of 2011. It covers my visits to the Goss sites as far east as Lancaster. Massachusetts Meanderings and More…: http://massmeanderings.blogspot.com/ I even discuss a little about my Barclay research in Connecticut in this blog and the visits to several cemeteries which I will eventually feature on this blog.
These two genealogical research trips Pennsylvania Wanderings & Massachusetts Meanderings are completed and I will not add much to them. Eventually both will be meshed into the blog that is called: Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio: http://sgossfamily.wordpress.com/
Solomon Goss was my 4th great-grandfather. It was his ancestor Philip Goss who settled in Roxbury sometime in the late 1600′s and is buried in the Old Settlers Cemetery in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1698. His youngest daughter Lydia married John Andrews Spracklin, Amarilla’s grandparents. I also wrote about my genealogical research trip to Ohio in August/September of 2011 including the highlights in several posts rather than a separate blog.
This is a big undertaking so mistakes or errors can be made. On all my blogs I am setting up a category called Updates and Corrections. If you visit and see something you like you might want to check back to make sure I didn’t add or make a correction. I will use the strike out so you can see what was changed. If it is a simple error in grammer that is not changing the context I will correct it with out much fuss.
You can follow me, or fill out the email subscription which is very easy to do and then you will get a new post in your email so you can see what is happening. It is on the right side of the blog. The other suggestion is that you make a comment, just remember that this is not email so keep your comments on the subject matter and not about you. I do have editing rights and will make sure you are okay before I approve a comment.
Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie
Updated February 13, 2012