The Douglas Lee (Guthrie) Dalton HomepageUpdated January 18, 2003
|I have always been interested in the genealogical background of my family,but my interest was raised considerably from the level of mild curiosity to intense curiositywhen my Grandmother, Ethel M. Hawley Dilley, mailed a book to my family.The book was entitled "They Laughed, Too."This book was the compilation of the history and of the people of a community known as the Belknap Settlement. Grandma Dilley told us that the book was a history of our family and by reading it we would know where we came from.|
The book, "They Laughed, Too", was the culmination of a project by 5th grade students who were interested in knowing the earliest history and people of their community.As a result of their book, which was written in a easy style, I was able to understand and know the many members of my family portrayed in their work.This book was orginally intended for the students of theclass, but as word spread of its' ease of reading and understandability the book became very popular.So many requests for copies of the book were made that it was decided topublish the book.And thank God they did.
When I first read this book,I was a Junior in High School.When I reflect back on this experience today,I am considerably thankful that the book "They Laughed, Too", was my first exposure to genealogy.Perhaps if it had been written in the typical styles of genealogy tomes, I would never have come to love genealogy as I do.Perhaps I would have set it aside, content in the lack of knowledge of my family.Instead, my curiosity was peaked and raised to such an intensity,I could only satisfy it by becoming my family's genealogist.
Thanks to a gift from my grandmother, a book and the knowledge of my family, this love was born was born.
On my mother's side of the family I am researching the following families:the English Beltofts and American Belknaps, Bond, Buckingham, Carl, Chatman, Countryman, Dalton, Dickinson, Dilley, Dodge, Fish, Freel, Garlinghouse, Gilbert, Godshaw, Hamersley, Hammer, Hawley, Hollopeter, Hosmer, Howard, Hunt, Lane, Mullen, Newton, Parker, Press, Price, Rycraft, Selover, Shellman, Stallion, Starr, Talley, Turner, and Walrad.
On my father's side of the family I am researching the following families:Baker, Burkett, Dalrymple, Dalton, Dempsey, Embree, Finley, Ford, Guthrie, Hayter, Howell, Lee, Mahoney, Marler, Phillips, Sims, Trotter, Whiteside, and Winder.