Winding Down My Term and Moving On

Well, the three years as South Central District Director for the Pennsylvania State Society, DAR is winding down.  I’ve had a busy 3 years, but very rewarding.  I have visited each of the DAR Chapters in the South Central and joined in on many other celebrations.  It is so much fun and you get to meet the most interesting people.

I will now be concentrating more on Lineage Society applications.  I’m taking on the Sons of the American Colonists.  I guess I should try doing my papers for Daughters of the American Colonists.  It is one more way to document my ancestors and their struggles to start in a new world.  I also will be working on those few elusive ancestors who moved from the New England states to Pennsylvania.  Joel Packard where are your parents?

I’ve submitted another ancestor for Daughters of the Union Veterans of  Civil War.  Great grandfather, Joseph S. Shoemaker, certainly lead an interesting life.  He and great grandfather John Wesley Duart fought in the same 7th PA Cavalry.  As I’m learning more about both of them, I hope to write an article to let others know just how brave they were to go to war.

Class of ’69 says goodbye to another classmate

Classmate and fellow genealogist, Audrey Isbell Allen passed away this month.  Audrey doesn’t know how much she helped me early on in my search for family and I never told her.  How sad that it is now too late to do so.  Point being – always take that second or two to tell the folks around you, how much they mean to you.

Earlier in the year we lost classmate, Gail Braund Walrath.  I will always remember her and Audrey with a smile on their face and nice to be around.

We will miss you at our next reunion, but I’m sure you will be there in spirit.