Greetings and Well Met,
Some of the characters of our stories include but are not limited to:
Kings like Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror
The famous Tudor, King Henry VIII
Queens like Eleanor of Acquitaine and the Current Queen Elizabeth
Counts, Dukes, Earls, Duchesses, Princes, Princesses, Ladies and Lords
Knights like the Black Knight James Steward
King of France, Hugh Capet
Niall of the Nine Hostages, King Of Ireland
King of Scotland, Kenneth I and Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland
President, Abraham Lincoln and President, Franklin D. Roosevelt
President, John Adams and President, John Quincy Adams
President, Zachary Taylor
E.J. Smith, Captain of the Titanic
Noah from the Great Floods in the Bible
Sarah Palin from Political Circles
Bing Crosby Actor and Singer (White Christmas)
Lady Godiva that rode a horse in town covered only by her hair
King of Thrace, Thor the hammer-wielding god associated with thunder
Njord, The Norse God that is associated with sea.
Marcus Antonius and Queen of Egypt, Cleopatria
Emperor Of Rome, Julius Caesar
Emperor Charlemagne Quentin
Magna Carta Signers and King of England, John Plantagenet
Fulk FitzWarin believed to be the Legendary Robin Hood
Pilgrims William Brewster, John Alden and Stephen Hopkins
Pilgrims John Howland and Elizabeth Tilly
Immigrates like William Weillum Compton
Owner of Nunney Castle George Prather
Travelers of the Wagon Trains like William H Hamilton and Cornelius Prather and who wrote about it in a diary
Soldiers like Thomas Sprigg and James Smallwood that fought Indians
Authors like David Rodney Pedrazine that wrote The Solomon Chronicles and just happens to be my co-worker for one of my clients
and the list goes on and on.
The last person on the list actually has a funny story that goes along with it. I was doing the hiring for a client when I got a resume from David to fill a spot that was open. I met with him and hired him. A few months later he told me about the book he was writing, and about his family ancestors. I recognized some of the names and we compared notes and found we were distant cousins both stemming from different lines of Emperor Charlemagne. Now how cool is that? Well at least I think is is cool and David and I have worked together now for many years and discuss genealogy from time to time.
People, Places and Events and keeping it all organized.
Later, I am building my family tree and am running into many challenges. For example, I am researching my greatgrandfather's military service - there is a family story that he fought in the a War - but I have no idea when the War began, except that it was before 1900. It would obviously be very helpful to have those dates in a simple chart of wars or skirmishes.
Over the years, I have learned to gather both specific and general maps of relevant areas and dates. I now have more success finding my ancestors in the correct places at the times they may have lived there. And I understand what kinds of resources I might search for details of an ancestor living in that decade.
There are many historical resources that I have found which can be very helpful when I am uncovering my family's particular history. I start by asking lots of questions: What was happening at that time, in that decade? Where exactly were they living? Is there a history written of that area? What area of the country was being sold or annexed? Where was the seat of government, and when was it established? Where were records kept in that year? Were there newspapers published in those places? Where did ships arrive, and from where? Are there passenger lists available, indexed, online? Oh yes Online is one of my most favorite places to search for information and that is why the birth of the Enchanted Family came to be. I feel I am giving back to others by posting what I have found. I also find that detailing as much as I can about people places and events make my ancestors' history come alive, and I hope my tree is intriguing to others like yourself. So weather you are in my family line or not I hope you can find something of interest.