May 182009
 

Lilac trees are supposed to be purple, or “lilac”, and indeed we have a number of such plants in our yard.

View from the South

View from the South

This view is looking north across much of the property toward the house – the trees in the row are Eastern Redbud, a lilac, and a flowering Dogwood tree. The road is visible way in the distance on the left – about 180 yards away. Continue reading »

May 182009
 

We’re lucky enough to live “in the country” and so one of our neighbours (our properties touch corner to corner) is a large field of about 70 acres that is used by a local farmer to grow one of corn, soybeans or wheat each year.

Our Local Neighbourhood

Our Local Neighbourhood

After the corn had been harvested in 2007, a very large tractor turned up to cultivate the ground ready to plant the next crop, which in this year was to be winter wheat. Continue reading »

May 162009
 

Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings asks:

“What event or person inspired you to start your genealogy research?”

For me it was in early 1989, a few months after I’d bought my first Macintosh computer in November 1988. I attended a Moffat family Reunion in Balclutha, New Zealand arranged by an Uncle. One of my father’s cousins had prepared what I now know to be a Register Report that started at the first of our Moffats to immigrate to New Zealand – my great grandfather William Moffat (1829 – 1895)

Moffat Descendants Easter 1989

Moffat Descendants Easter 1989

Continue reading »

Dec 012008
 


Two Headed Butterflies Happy Holidays
From

Caledonia, MI, USA

December 2008

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Lisa and Roger in Bar Harbor

Hi Everyone

Winter has arrived here in Michigan – actually it arrived a few weeks ago with temperatures below freezing, snow, and a huge freeze in the American economy. Thankfully, despite all the doom and gloom in the American car industry, right now Lisa’s Delphi Corporation plant is still open and she still has a job there. Hopefully the knuckleheads at the car companies, the Government and the United Auto Workers union will figure something out to prevent this from all crashing down. Since General Motors is still Delphi’s largest customer, as well as providing support for Delphi’s former GM workers, it’s hard to imagine that if GM goes away, Delphi will last more than a few minutes longer. Continue reading »

Mar 312008
 

On 29 March 2008 Lisa and I again helped out at the Science Olympics Bottle Rocket Contest.

In this contest students must construct a rocket based on a softdrink/soda bottle. The bottles are “launched” by partially filling them with water, and then adding compressed air which will force the water out of the bottle, propelling it upwards. The winner of the contest is the rocket that stays aloft the longest and doesn’t separate into parts at any time before touching down. Continue reading »

Dec 012007
 
Penguin Army

Penguin Army

Happy Holidays

From

Caledonia, MI, USA

December 2007

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Moffat Family in 2007

Hi Everyone

I’m afraid this is going to be a bit late this year, particularly for those not in the US. Looking back now it’s hard to remember where the year went.

Butterfly Girls

In April, Lisa’s brother’s family came for a visit (Jim, Kim and Kathy) to see the butterflies at Frederick Meijer Gardens. We took Zoe, the daughter of Lisa’s local cousins, with us. The two girls had lots of fun together being silly and racing around the outdoor exhibits, including being squashed by the giant horse. Continue reading »

Oct 132006
 

13 October 2006 – well a surprise from “Cousin Anne” in Australia today – a death entry for George Moffat, son of John Moffat and Jean Bogue – only trouble is he’s not “our” George Moffat. So my line of Moffats as currently known ends at George Moffat who died in 1844.

9 October 2006 – The Adam Houleston mentioned lower down this page has shown up in later records, still in Yorkshire, now called Houlston, so scratch any idea that he might have packed up his swag and moved to Roxburghshire.

5 June 2006 – updates have continued to be posted – far more than I write about here usually.

There are many new Vital Records online now – copies of births, deaths and marriages from http://ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk/.

Main new discovery has been another child of George Moffat and Isabella ClarkIsabella Moffat, born about 1823 who married a James Garland. I found her when trying to find out who the 15 year old Isabella living with Agnes Moffat and Richard Glass (ancestors of Sandy Bain) in the 1841 Census was. It turns out to be Agnes’ sister. Isabella’s death certificate names her parents as George Moffat and Isabella Clark. Her birth record remains unfound.

Also have another so far unrelated family of Moffats linked up now – found while looking for someone else. George Moffat and Janet Spratt/Sprott had 11 children, and I have a few generations of descendants of one of their offspring – John Moffat, put together from the Old Parish Registers and Statutory Records.

And finally found an Adam Houleston, born in Yorkshire whose name and birthdate fit with what little is known about the father of “our” Robert Houliston who emigrated to New Zealand in 1860. Nothing to indicate that he’s “our” Adam Houliston, except that he’s apparently not in Yorkshire after his birth.


1 January 2006

Happy New Year


11 November 2005 – quite a large update today that includes many hundreds of relatives with a Karamea connection. This came from my 3rd cousin Tom Fitzsimons who shared with me his much more comprehensive database of the Scarletts, Linehams and Johnsons who started their New Zealand lives in Karamea. Thank You Tom!!


27 February 2005 – Winter here in the northern hemisphere is winding down somewhat, and much of it’s been spent sorting out the papers that have accumulated over a number of years of “gathering”, and adding their contents to this site – especially in Histories and Documents. Unfortunately there’s still a long way to go just to get caught up.

My thanks to those who continue to send me information for inclusion here – it is appreciated. To see the people modified in the last 60 days click here. To see what’s new in the last 7 days see What’s New above.


13 September 2004 – During a trip to New Zealand in August I have acquired more olde photos of different family members – some as original photos, some scanned from photos and some taken as digital pictures from photographs. These will appear on this site “eventually”. Hopefully during the Winter (the northern hemisphere Winter) I’ll get this caught up.


12 September 2004 – In July Lisa and I went to Salt Lake City, and spent 2 1/2 days at the huge genealogy library there staring at microfilms and looking up indexes. I don’t have any really “new” information, but do have copies of many of the entries in the Old Parish Registers for the births of ancestors and their children to confirm and clarify various confusions. These too will appear online “eventually.


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