THIS is New York City?????
There's more to New York than just Manhattan. On the northern edge of the city, in what we call "Bronx on the Hudson," is a suburban oasis of homes, trees, and quiet. This is DekeWorld.
So take a moment.
It's time to slow down, lean back, relax....
it's just you, your computer and TheDeke.
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My earliest confirmed Kenfield ancestor so far is William Kentfield, a British soldier stationed in Albany, New York in 1700. Here's his story -- completewith mutiny, court martial, and desertion. There are those who will say it runs in the family.....
My great-great-great-great-grandfather George "The Elder" Kentfield
was born in Massachusetts, fought in the
Revolution , and settled in what is now Morristown,
Vermont in 1793. His son Asaph was the first male of Europeanancestry
born in that town. On Februray 5, 1999 the Rosetta
Stone was discovered at the local Family History Center. I have identified
the exact location of the 100 acre farm on which George The Elder settled
in 1793 .Here's
the scoop . It took us ten years
to find out where George was buried.
Then another year to get decent photos.
Capt. Frank Kenfield, my first cousin
four times removed (that's a first cousin, four generations ago).
He commanded Company E, Thirteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers in the repulse
of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. Later, President of the Vermont
Maple Sugar Makers Association.
Our other Civil War veteran, Benjamin Kenfield, my great-great-grandfather. He enlisted at age 40 and served as a private in the 11th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers. It's amazing what you can find out about your ancestors. And their involvement in the lumber business .
Here's the rest of my family tree. Only
about 1,000 people so far. I've got a long way to go.
And here's TheDekessa's family tree. She's
her own tenth cousin. And sixth cousin. And fifth cousin.
About 2,500 people here, as early as 1539.
The Deke and Dekessa at Club Med -The
Way the City Should Be! Here's their site
For the moment, things are pretty much limited
New York and Genealogy.
Patience. (Something in rather short supply
in this town....)
Here it is -- The Official New York
City Web Site.
Point-Counterpoint Department: N.Y.City
And Tips 4 Tourists
This world-class city also has a world-class transit system, believe
it or not. Far better than its popular reputation. And now
it's even joined the Twentieth Century, with bus-to-subway transfers, free
ride discounts, and unlimited-ride fare cards. Check out The
Here's an unnofficial site with a great subway
route map and other info.
We've also got a world-class library, of course: The
New York Public Library -- one of my favorite places in New York. You
can search part of the card
catalog online via Telnet or the Web. I prefer the Telnet link-
it's text-based and much faster, but you need a Telnet client. You may
already have it, built into your browser. The Library, recently restored
to its original beauty, is a must-see for genealogists and researchers
"You can't get there from here..." Well, actually you can, ifyou
know how. The Subway Navigator
will give you directions from A to B by public transit -- in cities all
over the world.
Multiple-guess quiz: Where's 625 Madison Avenue? Is it at
34th Street, 58th Street, or 125th Street? Here's the Manhattan
Address Locator to help you out.
For those interested in family history, here are Cyndi'sList
and the US GenWeb Project,
two of the best starting points on the Web.
Irish genealogy is unusually difficult -- most of the records burned
during the Civil War in the 1920s. But if you're researching in in
Cork or Kerry, you're in luck -- Albert Casey's 16-volume O'Kief,Coshe
Slieve Lougher and the Upper Blackwater in Ireland , is a real treasure
trove. Everything from ancient legends to newspaper birth notices
to land sale records to cemetery transcriptions. Here's the Table
of Contents, courtesy of the Irish
Genealogical Society International.
Need to know more about a townland in Ireland? A parish? Barony?
How many acres are there in Ballymoney, anyway? The
IreAtlas Townland Data Base. Not finished yet, but already a
If your ancestors are from New England, you absolutely must, you must
get acquainted with the New England Historic
Genealogical Society. Unbeatable.
Civil War buffs - how much do you know about the Vermont regiments? Vermont units suffered the highest casualty rates, on a per-capita basis, in the entire Union army. This is a superb site, including details of all the Vermont units and searchable databases of Vermont soldiers.
And if you've ever wondered about how they built fortifications during
the Civil War, here's the fort where my great-great-grandfather served:
Working on Canada? Here's the Provincial
Archives of New Brunswick. Other provinces have more or less
similar sites. The NB Archives makes for a pleasant visit, if you
happen to be in Fredericton.
Think you've got a Mayflower ancestor, like TheDekessa? The General
Society of Mayflower Descendants, better known as the MayflowerSociety.
Does the handwriting in old records drive you bananas? Find some
help Deciphering Old Handwriting
And what would a New York genealogy site be without Ellis
Island? Well worth a visit. A boat ride from Battery Park
in lower Manhattan. The same boat goes to the Statue of Liberty.
(Go early in the day to beat the lines.) Get your tickets at Castle
Garden, the old round fort at the north end of the park.
USENET is even better than the Web as a resource for genealogy. Check
out the alt.genealogy and soc.genealogy hierarchies. If you aren't
familiar with Usenet, check it out here. (Well, it will be there
as soon as I find a suitable site. The ones I've seen are either
too simplistic, too technical, or too commercial. Anyone got a site
which explains Usenet in a manner suitable for Usenet newbies?)
And don't try to use Netscape as a newsreader. Get the real thing:
Agent or (if you're cheap or on a tight budget) Free Agent. Yes,
it's free. Download it here.