THIS IS THE DESERT?
No longer in New York City. DekeWorld has moved to the hauntingly beautiful environs of Tucson, Arizona, in the midst of the Sonoran Desert.
It's like no desert you've ever seen. Or
Green growing things are everywhere. Saguaro and barrel cactus; prickly pear, cholla and ocotillo; mesquite, palo verde and palo brea, ironwood and redbud; creosote bush and turpentine bush, brittlebush and hopbush; chuparossa and jojoba; firewheel, firebush and firethorn; butterfly bush and bee bush; desert spoon and agave. Strange and curious plants of all kinds live and thrive in the dry heat of the Sonoran Desert. It's a whole new vocabulary of life. And in the spring, the desert transforms into a vivid canvas of color. Reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, greens, purples, blues, every bold, brilliant and subtle shade your mind can imagine spreads across the desert as if an artist had just thrown his paints randomly into the air.
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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 European ancestry 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.
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
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
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.
This site is always changing -- additional links and info
will be added As Time Goes By. (How about a link to classic songs from classic
For the moment, things are pretty much
limited to Tucson, New
York and Genealogy.
Patience. (Something in rather short supply
in this town....)
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. A combination zoo, botanical garden, and natural history museum, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. If ever you're in this part of Heaven, it's a must-see.
The Pima Air and Space Museum. One of the best aerospace museums in the world. Plus, from here you can take the bus tour of the "boneyard" at nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where retired military aircraft from the U.S. and other countries go for preservation and possible re-use. Home also of the Titan Missile Museum, formerly an operational ICBM site.
The University of Arizona. Go Wildcats!
Although we no longer live in NYC, it's still a great place to visit, on a vacation or a genealogical research trip. I heartily recommend it -- but not for thirteen years.
Here it is -- The Official New York City Web Site.
And some Tips 4 Tourists.
This world-class city also has a world-class transit system, believe it or not. Far better than its popular reputation. Check out The MTA
Here's an unnofficial site with a great
subway route map and other info.
New York also has a world-class library, of
course: The New York Public Library -- one of
my favorite places in New York. You can search the card catalog online via the Web. The Library, recently restored to its original
beauty, is a must-see for genealogists and researchers visiting
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
A few starting points, a few helpful spots, a
few quirky ones...
For those interested in family history, here
are Cyndi'sList and the US GenWeb
Project, two of the best starting points on the
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 Mang, 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 City Council of Cork, Ireland.
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. A great resource.
If your ancestors are from New England, you
absolutely must, you must get acquainted with the New England Historic Genealogical
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: Fort Totten.
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 Mayflower Society.
Does the handwriting in old records drive you
bananas? Find some help deciphering old handwriting: Paleography from The National Archives in London.
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.
Like much of the Tucson area, this site is under construction.
Constantly. Never the same site twice.
(Well, maybe twice....)
Entire Site Copyright 1998-2014 Dexter Kenfield
Last Revision: September 2014