To be ignorant of what occurred
before you were born
is to remain always a child.
For what is the worth
of human life
unless it is woven into
the life of our ancestors
by the records
Cicero 106-43 B.C.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner, Requiem for A Nun
For the living know that they shall die: but the
dead know not any thing, neither have they any
more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go
walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone, Children's Author
If I hold within myself the memory
of the journey of my ancestors,
if I know that I am evidence of the
success of that journey, then I can
believe that I too will be able to
move through the challenges I face
in my life.
Bernice Johnson Reagon: I Remember, I Believe
Portrait on a Wall
Sometime, when I have become a quiet portrait on the wall,
Will you, my fair descendant, stop to think of me at all?
Suppose your hands are shaped like mine
and you have my keen sense of fun.
Will there be one to tell you so...then...when my days are done?
If you love books and fires and songs, and silver moons in velvet skies,
Toss me a look of shared delight from those, my own dark eyes.
For there are kinships in a curl and namesakes in a spoken name;
The wine of life may yet be poured by faded hands within a frame.
Researcher working on my and my wife's (Sandra Zelenke Marr) family lines in NY, CT, IN, VA, PA, NC, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, England, Belarus and Slovakia. Have extensive collection of data on the BAILEY and BUGBEE families of Rensselaer Co., NY as well as thousands of descendants of Joseph & Jemima BAILEY, married 1746, Haddam, CT (see "Bailey Book Index" under "Related Files").
Past State President, Empire State Society S.A.R. Former Registrar; past President, current Genealogist of Saratoga Battle Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. Have extensive personal library of Revolutionary War references. Always willing to work with and assist prospective SAR/DAR members.
Researching the following names on both sides of our family (*=Rev. War ancestor of this name).
Rensselaer Co. family lines include:
Albany Co. family lines include:
Harrison & Jackson Co., IN lines include:
Shenandoah Co., VA lines include:
NC Lines include:
PA lines include:
Also info on my wife's Ellis Island families from Minsk, Belarus and Slovakia/Hungary, including:
* Revolutionary War Ancestor of that surname
- DWYER & MARR FAMILIES OF TROY, NY (375 KB)
Families of Michael Dwyer and Kitty Fahey and John Marr and Ellen Dwyer, of Ireland and Troy, NY.
- BIBLICAL ORIGINS OF SOME GIVEN NAMES (129 KB)
Ever wonder where some of those strange names in your family tree came from? Many of them originated in the Bible.
- JOHANNA GROTOVSZKY IMMIGRATES FROM HUNGARY (8 KB)
Johanna Grotovszky of Hamor, Arva Province, Hungary arrives at New York, 12 February 1902.
- WARREN BAILEY OF SAND LAKE, NY: 1787-1869 (18 KB)
Genealogical notes on Warren Bailey, farmer and charcoal producer, husband of Jane Bugbee.
- PAUL ZELENKE IMMIGRATES FROM BELARUS (7 KB)
Paul Zelenke (Pavel Augustinov Zielonko) arrives at New York from Belarus via St. Petersburg, 4 November 1904.
- JANE BUGBEE OF SAND LAKE, NY: 1790-1858 (1 KB)
Genealogical notes on Jane Bugbee, wife of Warren Bailey and daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Josiah Bugbee.
- PROBLEM SOLVED USING 1830 & 1840 CENSUSES (10 KB)
The often-neglected pre-1850 censuses can be invaluable in your genealogical research.
- "I'M MY OWN GRANDPA": LYRICS (4 KB)
Lyrics to the classic 1947 song describing a most unusual family composition.
- THE BAILEY BOYS GO TO WAR (42 KB)
7 sons of Warren Bailey & Jane Bugbee served in the Civil War.
- LOOKUPS AVAILABLE FOR PROSPECTIVE SAR/DAR MEMBERS (14 KB)
Revolutionary War references in my personal library in which I can look for your Patriot Ancestors to qualify for SAR/DAR membership.
- BAILEY BOOK INDEX (1378 KB)
Index to "Descendants of Joseph & Jemima Bailey of Haddam, CT: 1746-2001." Over 4,000 individuals and around 700 Baileys. Lookups available on all but living persons.
- THE WARREN BAILEY FAMILY OF SAND LAKE, NY (1137 KB)
The children and grandchildren of Warren Bailey and Jane Bugbee.
- SO YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN THE SAR? (16 KB)
Summary of requirements and procedures for applying for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.