Category Archives: Ancestral History

Your Ancestral Heritage in a Landfill

Now into my third decade growing the Family Forest® connection service, I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve heard variations on the very same story. It goes like this.

My ________ (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) had been researching and assembling our family history for decades. After she/he passed and the house was being prepared for estate liquidation, my ________ (sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc.) threw it out with all of the other stuff they thought was just worthless accumulations.

I recently spoke with an elderly gentleman who knew this story, and he was trying to prevent it from happening to his descendants, both living and unborn. He already knew that his children and grandchildren had little or no interest in his/their family history, yet.

And Sam had great stories to pass along. At least two of his ancestors were well-documented to have performed valuable services in the founding of our country, and to have personally known George Washington.

So he joined the SAR. Joining a hereditary society is a great first step in passing along a part of your ancestral history to future generations of your descendants.

The reason that I say a part of your ancestral history is because each hereditary society has a particular interest area that they excel at. This valuable focus prevents them from including all of the parts of your ancestral heritage that are outside of their interest area, no matter how interesting those parts are to you and your descendants.

You can join multiple hereditary societies, and pass along multiple parts of your ancestral heritage, in separated parts.

But what if you want to pass along the bigger picture of your assembled and connected ancestral heritage?

You can use the Family Forest® connection service.

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Six Miles to Shore

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I can’t stop thinking about a Family Forest® connection service I recently completed for a young lady from California. It was memorable to me for several reasons, including starting with so little, and accomplishing so much.

The most inspirational part for me is thinking about the spirit of one of Marsia’s ancestors, one of her 7th-great-grandfathers, with the unusual surname of Brothwell. Joseph was a soldier from Yorkshire, England. I found a story about him on page 1,350 of A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport Connecticut, by Rev. Samuel Orcutt, published in 1886.

More than two centuries ago, Joseph jumped ship in the West Indies, and swam six miles to shore! Then he somehow came to New York, then moved on to Black Rock, in Fairfield, CT, and made his home there at what is now called Stratfield.

Forty-some years later, I still remember sailing due west into the Gulf of Mexico from Longboat Key, FL in a 15′ Venture Cat. It sat very close to waterlevel. At probably about a mile out, I looked back and the shoreline had almost disappeared. It was scary.

What would it have been like if I had continued sailing toward Texas for about five more miles, then jumped off, and tried swimming back to shore? And done it more than two centuries ago, when there were more and bigger creatures in the sea?

What did life look like through Joseph Brothwell’s eyes? What was he thinking while he was very vulnerable in the midst of the perils of the sea, with miles still left to swim?

How inspirational might it be to a college-bound young lady to discover that she carries the genes of this spirited and determined adventurer?

How many motivational stories about your own ancestors are squirreled-away in the nooks and crannies of recorded history, waiting to be discovered?

Maybe the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for you to consider giving us the opportunity to utilize the Family Forest® to lead your family to one or more of those stories.

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The Second Question of Genealogy

You can easily spend years of time, and lots of money, searching for answers to the first question of genealogy: “Who are my ancestors?”

What you will end up with, hopefully, is a number of generation-by-generation pathways leading from you to some of your ancestors, from several centuries ago, and back again.

What you almost never end up with is a number of generation-by-generation pathways leading from you to some of your ancestors, and then coming back different pathways to some of your famous cousins!

This is a much bigger project than the first, and it gives you, hopefully, exciting answers to the second question of genealogy. “Who do I share ancestors with?” You and your family will almost certainly be pleasantly surprised.

Fortunately, much of this second and much bigger project has already been done for you by the Family Forest® Project. All that’s left is to let us network you and your family into this amazingly interconnected web of family ties.

That’s what our new connection service does.

As we enter our third decade of strategic ancestral history R&D, based on the best of the best of what we have discovered in recorded history, we are extremely well positioned to provide you and your family with enriching discoveries that could easily take you years of your time and thousands of dollars to discover on your own.

Whether you have already been searching for years, or are just realizing that you would you would like to know how connected you are, please look at what our new connection service can do for you.

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Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

Rev. Al Harlow of the Waikoloa Community Church has inspired us to do more.

From now until Christmas 2014, we will be giving the lion’s share (more than half) of all sales revenues from one of our key connector titles to help expand and multiply the excellent service being delivered every day by the Missionary Aviation Fellowship.

The eBook is The Family Forest ® Descendants of Emperor Constantine I The Great.

As you will discover in the short how-to video, this digital resource is a seven to ten century extension for most of the descendants of our first lion’s share title, and all of the descendants of our second lion’s share title, and our third lion’s share title.

The flying chart at the end of the Rome Reborn video lands on the Emperor’s Palace in 320 A.D., which is almost certainly one of your own ancestral homes.

This unique digital resource is a Fodor’s-type guide to centuries of generation-by-generation ancestral history recorded by many well-respected experts of their time.

We hope you will enjoy following the links and learning more.

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Niall of the Nine Hostages to Russell Crowe

Because my on-line time is usually limited to less than 15 minutes per day, I rely heavily on my long time friend Tom Nocera to keep me informed about key and trending items relating to the Family Forest® that I should be aware of.

Yesterday he told me that 23andMe had been talking about Niall of the Nine Hostages.

Niall, called the 126th monarch of Ireland, has been lineage-linked in the Family Forest® for years. So I checked to see how, according to the recorded history mapped out in the Family Forest®, he is related to our three lion’s share eBooks.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that King Duncan I of Scotland, the subject of the eBook that the Fisher House is receiving the lion’s share of, is a 20th great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that King Edward III of England, the subject of the eBook that the DAR is receiving the lion’s share of, is a 29th great-grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages.

A Family Forest® relationship calculation reveals that Baron Anslach Turstain of Briquebec, the subject of the eBook that the Library of Congress is receiving the lion’s share of, has what I think is the most interesting relationship Niall of the Nine Hostages.

According to the recorded history mapped out in the Family Forest®, they are 76th cousins once removed (try to imagine the interconnected web of generation-by-generation family ties that had to be assembled to enable that digital calculation!), and their common ancestor is Noah.

Yes, the same Noah of the Ark, and the same Noah being portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie that will be appearing in theatres next week.

Whether you believe The Bible or the math behind genetic migration over all those thousands of years, if Noah is an ancestor of anyone alive today, Noah is an ancestor of everyone alive today.

Think about it. When you are watching Russell Crowe in Noah, you will be seeing a portrayal of one of your own ancestors.

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Your Relationship to Downton Abbey

How surprised would you be to discover that you have actual family ties to Downton Abbey?

Could having that knowledge increase your enjoyment of the show?

For a limited time, this is your chance to have the Family Forest® give you and your family the opportunity to actually see that surprising discovery.

Downton Abbey is set at Highclere Castle. The present owner of Highclere Castle, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, is very extensively networked through sourced family ties in the Family Forest® to a large number of American and Old World families.

Some of his ancestral surnames in the Family Forest® include Alden, Allerton, Andrews, Armistead, Barrett, Barrow, Bartlett, Benning, Bickford, Bicknell, Brown, Carter, Cass, Chandler, Chew, Clark, Cogswell, Cooke, Cooper, Courtney, Crane, Cushman, Dane, Davis, Denison, Dudley, Dutch, Dyer, Eaton, Elwell, Fendall, Flint, Flynt, Fogg, Fox, Frost, Gardner, Gardiner, Gatewood, Gibbons, Goodrich, Gookin, Gorman, Greene, Hallet, Harlow, Hatch, Hawke, Heard, Herbert, Hill, Hoar, Howard, Hudson, Humphrey, Hunt, Hutchins, Jenney, Jones, Kay, Kimball, Kinsman, Knapp, Lee, Leighton, Lightfoot, Long, Mitchell, Molyneux, Moore, Morehead, Moulton, Norman, Nutter, Odiorne, Page, Pemberton, Philbrick, Phillips, Poor, Poore, Pope, Porter, Pratt, Presley, Quincy, Richardson, Rindge, Roberts, Rogers, Roper, Salter, Sanborn, Sawyer, Shaw, Sherburne, Simonton, Slaughter, Small, Smith, Stetson, Thompson, Tomson, Turner, Tuttle, Underwood, Walker, Warner, Wendell, Wentworth, White, Willett, and Wise.

It is very likely that Family Forest® can generate a chart linking you through generation-by-generation family ties to the 8th Earl of Carnarvon. This chart will be similar to the attached samples for Tom Hank’s son, Kim Kardasian’s daughter, Prince William’s son, Ellen DeGeneres, and Anderson Cooper.

What do we need to provide you and your family with this amazing service?

Accurate knowledge about your recent ancestry. Simply provide us with a copy of your approved membership application to a respected hereditary society, like the DAR, SAR, SMD, DRT, etc.

What does it cost to receive this amazing service?

Just $29. 

How likely is it that the Family Forest® can actually connect you and your family through actual family ties to Downton Abbey?

We are certain enough of success that in the event that we cannot, we will give you a $100 credit for Family Forest® eBooks.

How accurate is the knowledge presented by the Family Forest®?

Click here for answer at question #11.

Leading you to discoveries about your personal connections to history and present day edutainment is what the Family Forest® is designed for.

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Lion’s Share for the Daughters of the American Revolution

I am very grateful for what the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has done, and is doing.

In fact, had it not been for the DAR, I may have never created the Family Forest®.

My Aunt Marge was a member of the DAR, and it was her encouragement over the years that finally resulted in me wanting to discover my ancestral roots.

In appreciation, and in memory of Aunt Marge, from now until March 8, 2015 (her birthdate in 1922), Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc. will be gifting to the DAR the lion’s share (meaning more than half) of all gross sales revenues of the Family Forest® Descendants of King Edward III.

We will be spreading this gift equally between three DAR entities. One third will go to the Hawai’i Loa Chapter (which is my wife Kristine’s chapter) on the Big Island of Hawaii, one third will go to the Hawaii State Society in Honolulu, and one third will go to the NSDAR in Washington, DC.

The Edward III eBook chronicles a huge number of generation-by-generation pathways that begin with King Edward III and lead to present day or the recent past. Included are many DAR members, and DAR Patriot Ancestors.

I am sure that my Aunt Marge, my Godmother, would be both amazed and proud to discover that the Family Forest® has now become a very powerful supplemental and complimentary resource for the DAR archives, and it is probably the best non-DAR resource for potential and existing DAR members.

Thank you Daughters of the American Revolution for all you do to preserve our American Heritage and pass it down to future generations.

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