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A Grinnell Was A Co-founder of the Society of Mayflower Descendants PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell, GFA #95   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 21:31

As I sit here in my very comfortable home reading the The Mayflower Quarterly Diamond Jubilee Edition, published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Mayflower Quarterly, “the primary means of communication by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants”1, I again think about the treacherous and very dangerous journey our Pilgrim Ancestors experienced onboard the Mayflower during the fall months crossing the Atlantic Ocean and indeed, during the first winter when more than half of their number died.

With a deep desire to honor my Pilgrim Ancestors, I have filed nineteen (19) initial and supplemental applications which have been approved by the General Society; I have also joined The Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred, the Delano Kindred, and The Pilgrim John Howland Society, all in an effort to pay tribute to their ideals, their stamina, and their willingness to be governed by a communal, mutual agreement outlined in the Mayflower Compact.

Again, from the Mayflower Quarterly Diamond Jubilee Edition, “The General Society was established in January 1897 by four State Societies (New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania).” 2

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 11:51 )
New Bedford Genealogy Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 11:38

The Old Dartmouth (MA) Historical Society and the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be presenting the region's first genealogy symposium from September 22-24, 2011. The three day event will include presentations on local genealogical resources and collections, a primer on how to do a genealogy search, a guide to regional cemeteries, walking tours and more. Partners in this event include the New Bedford Free Public Library (NBFPL), the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Preservation Society, the New Bedford Historical Society, and other local community organizations. Be prepared for new insights and surprises. As Helen Keller wrote: "There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his."

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:19 )
Using DNA Information in Genealogical Research PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:36

I've been involved in genealogy for the last 20 years or so, and have performed extensive research on my branch of the Rhode Island-based Grinnell family. Over the years, I edited the Grinnell Family Association newsletter, served as its president for far too long, edited the second edition of their published genealogy, posted the genealogy on the Grinnell Family Association website, and am currently putting together a third edition of the Grinnell genealogy in book form.

In my research, like the research efforts of many others, I've encountered roadblocks, dead ends, red herrings, and such in my effort to link my branch of the Grinnell family to the progenitor, Matthew Greenell, who, with his wife Rose, came to Rhode Island from England in the 1630s.

Proper genealogical research demands proof of each and every piece of data, but sometimes definitive proof of some key piece of information can be elusive, or because of the years involved, may no longer even exist.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:12 )