Monday, August 17, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 31-Sharing Makes it Easier

 An Easy ancestor to research is the topic for week 31 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow. 

   There should be an easy ancestor to research right? One that lead a life that created an abundance of records. Well, I haven't been that lucky but I have had people that have helped me and made doing research on some of my lines easier.

    The first helper that lead me to several generations of my paternal Baker family was my Great Aunt, Kate (Baker) Ryan (1898-1987).
 A genealogist herself, Auntie Kate gave me a copy of the research she had done with dates, places and pictures and documents. 
She even had a copy of the Civil War record for my 3rd great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) that she had transcribed.  
Alpheus J. Baker

  My paternal Thames line was easier to research due to the efforts of distant cousin and genealogist Jackie Thames Baker.
 Jackie was one of the first to respond to my letter queries in the early 1990's. Because of her generosity in sharing what she had worked so hard to find, my tree quickly expanded and reached back to the 1600's in Ireland.  

Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) Family

   Sharing. Realizing that we are all part of the same family and that we benefit by encouraging and helping others with their research. How grateful I am for those who made the beginning days of my genealogy journey 'easy'.

Are we kin? Please contact me. Together we can find our people.
Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Clever take on the theme. I have many people who have made my research easier too, and they deserve a thanks.