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06/19/2021 -- Topics for posts in June 2021 include: HMS Resolute, The Naumkeag, Paper Trails, and Shipwrighting.
05/30/2021 -- William S. Bent (Trapper, Trader, Rancher) is an example of those who were early out west. We will look at all of the conflicts endured over the 400 years with an emphasis on family involvement.
02/16/2021 -- In February, we have several posts along the same line: American cousins, Mississippi and Fox Rivers, New France, Other new attempts, Rivers and more. We will look further at New Spain before jumping into some details about the two Gardners involved with the fur trade (early 1820s) through St. Louis which we'll look at (having lived there for a while and ignoring the history - New England bias?).
01/19/2021 -- We will be updating the Wikipedia pages in the near future.
12/29/2020 -- On 12/29/1674, Thomas Gardner died in Salem. Vol X, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) was released recently. The issue summarizes our view of the internet, its use, and the TGS, Inc. role in the future. As well, we look at the children of Thomas and Margaret, with a further look at the 4th son, John.
12/27/2020 -- Dr. Frank's research into the Massachusetts Regiments involved in the Revolution was recognized by Charles Alcott Flagg of the Library of Congress in his book, An Alphabetical Index of Revolutionary Pensioners Living in Maine.
12/19/2020 -- Some posts with a technical focus: Web'ing; Ethics and value. We are involved in our year-end activity and looking forward. Wishing all a Happy New Year. We have added a 'tip jar' to facilitate support which points to our 'donate' page.
10/28/2020 -- Vol X, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) was released recently. The issue summarizes our new knowledge about Margaret and her family. We are ready to begin to establish lineages for descendants and will have general membership activity as well as continue our research.
10/24/2020 -- Ongoing focus (Gardner's Beacon, Vol X, No 1) will be records Sherborne, Dorset, UK. An added focus will be on writing a report for the NEHGR with respect to Walter Friar and Grace Mullins (their marriage, his Will), daughter Margaret Friar (her birth), Thomas Gardner (their marriage), and the first of the boys born in Sherborn. Then, the family is no longer in the area (shown by the cessation of any more records).
09/03/2020 -- We will be back on a more regular basis. Featured Research and the associated pages will be reorganized. Lots to do. In August, we had twelve blog posts. Three of them started a look at the Sarah, Thomas, Richard (strange order?). Then, we looked at the interior movements that were after Lewis & Clark trek. We had considered the water modes (ship from Boston wrecking off the coast of Oregon after it had gone around the Cape and ventured to New Zealand and back to San Francisco - still have some pending articles on this boat), plus the trekkers (of a real type, like Jedediah Strong Smith). But, Boone, too, was phenomenal. One tale has him guiding some folks to the Yellowstone area from Missouri when he was in his 80s. Tales? Etc. We are still pursuing the 'portal to truth' (from all levels, regarding truth engineering, a must for the sustainable future of computing).
08/09/2020 -- The 250th of the U.S. Revolution is coming up about the same time as we think about Conant's move from Cape Ann to Naumkeag. On looking at generations, it was the Fifth Generation who bore the brunt of this ordeal, with some help from the Fourth. Those who first enjoyed the fruits of the new country were the Seventh Generation, one might say. We will always be looking at origins and motivations. Too, some recent work has us looking closely at the population movements after the country was born. We can use the Cumberland Passes for a focus with the intent to fully appreciate the hardships overcome.
07/11/2020 -- Notice that there have not been many updates. Not from inactivity. Rather, busy learning how to go to the future, motivated by lots of happenings of late. Now, we're getting our sea-legs (hopefully) and will be more active in supporting TGS, Inc. Example: American Ancestor database, Deeper dive, and a lot more.
06/11/2020 -- Back to DNA II, as a Gardner project weighs in. Memorial Day came and went, as we were barely out of lockup. The 4th of July is right around the corner. Will there be an early resurgence?
05/30/2020 -- The theme now will be related to going forward. Fortunately, the experience of the past two months is full of potential modes of study which could be truly interdisciplinary. We now have a good handle on issues related to proof of heritage albeit with a broader view of what that means. The little crew in Cape Ann represented only a minority of the populace of the time, however, in the large, we can cover the whole of the planet, step by step. So, we will have some focus on particulars, however the whole of the picture related to the experiment of the U.S. in relation to the world will be more major. This type of research is one of our goals, that is, defining such and supporting the necessary efforts, along with providing means for regular reporting, discussion, and ongoing analysis using technology smartly.
05/04/2020 -- We are almost done with the sixth week of the shelter-in-place event which was more like stay-at-home (except for essential reasons) and felt like a lock down. But, the downtime afforded opportunities to do a lot of pending tasks which normally get pushed down by things of 'higher' priority. Part of the time was getting more familiar with the issues of genealogist/registrar duties and tasks from a hands-on mode. Of course, the lessons learned will be put to use with the TGS, Inc. Recent overview: Vanity genealogy. You know, about all disciplines have some type of biographical look at the parties. In terms of the Magna Carta, on Wikipedia, we added in links so that someone could trace families (related to the Sureties, etc.) through the generations. In the TGS, Inc. case, we are interested in the 'American experience' as seen from a perspective that stressed the contributions of New England (both of the north and the south). BTW, we're back to work with respect to the future of the TGS, Inc.
03/03/2020 -- Working on Volume V, Number 1 of The Gardner Annals. We have sufficient material now to re-edit into a format suitable for publication as reference.
02/25/2020 -- Took off the old 'under renovation' sign as we will introduce changes in a controlled mode without interruption. Looking at the burial of Jonathan Wilson who is a great-grandfather of Dr. Frank. Jonathan and his wife, Prudence Goldthwait, are buried at the Howard Street Burial Ground.
02/02/2020 -- As we move toward the Cape Ann (1623/24) and Salem (1626/27/28) look backs related to the starts, think of 400 years. However, we also will pass the 250th of the American Revolution. Those ought to go hand in hand. Then, one might expand that view and include the 300th, 200th, and 100th anniversaries. We have looked at all of these from time to time and will take a closer look: American 100s.
01/01/2020 -- Vol IX, No 3 of Gardner's Beacon (post) was released recently. The issue summarizes the year's activity and includes some focus on our ten years of work. Future plans are considered.
12/31/2019 -- Index of posts, decade of work: 2018,17,16; 2015,14,13; 2012,11,10.
11/26/2019 -- Happy Thanksgiving. The 1st one was in Virginia: First Thanksgiving. This was before the Mayflower crew and passengers showed up. Salem is weighing in by starting an annual affair: Salem Ancestry Week. Since we are coming up on the end of 2019, we're reviewing everywhere. We'll continue to blog. We'll have a TGA issue soon. Too, we'll meet next year in New England. Lots more. Stay tuned.
11/11/2019 -- Updated FindAGrave to point to Greenlawn. Dr. Frank is buried in the Gardner/Bennett plot that had its first burial in 1880 and its last one recently. Too, have two obituaries of Dr. Frank. Will be updating his material further as we are hearing from other researchers.
10/28/2019 -- Making progress with our improvements, including restructure: Support for TGS, Inc.
10/21/2019 -- The Thomas Gardner Profile (and that of Margaret Frier) on WikiTree will be updated with respect to origins and departures. This does not mean that the research need has gone or that the subject has been closed. We will continue our work in this and other related areas.
10/08/2019 -- Sidney figured out that the hangings in 1692 had been on a ledge to the side of Gallows Hill. However, the hill, itself, is part of a sweep of higher elevations that included Gardner's Hill (taken down, with the graves) and Ledge Hill which is southeast of Harmony Grove Cemetery. See this post (Gallows Hills) for a 1818 painting from the hill showing, somewhat, what Thomas would have seen. Two hundreds years, earlier, of course. He could see the water, just like he said. We'll map this out with a few more tidbits settled.
09/30/2019 -- We're planning for, and putting together, the next issue of The Gardner Annals (Vol. V, No. 1). We will add sections related to on-going themes: art, tech, and biz. Research continues unabated with a long list of topics needing attention. As an aside, there will be media of various sorts brought to bear. We are using WikiTree to document Dr. Frank's tree. That is an example of good computer usage. As we get trees established, sourced, and verified, we will be able to do lots of studies, including fill in pieces for people who might relate to those ones being studied. Or, we might consider just general mappings. An example is this little study of the relationship twixt Boris and Edward III. Work gets done when there is something to study, interested people, and funds. Sidney Perley commented on this when he noted that he did 95% or more of the work that went into the Salem Antiquity. Perhaps, the computer and tools thereof can make things more palatable to those who research.
09/14/2019 -- This year, Charter Street Cemetery will not be open during the Halloween season. We lost Gardner's Hill where the burial plot was located. However, in the Charter Street Cemetery, there is an 'implicit' Gardner Annex, mentioned several times by Dr. Frank. We'll look into that further and add the other cemeteries in Salem (Essex country?) on the list. Dr.Frank is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, so we already had that in view.
08/30/2019 -- This month, we have taken a brief look at Seeth (Gardner) Conant Grafton, the in-laws of Samuel (through his wife's mother's marriage to George Corwin), the blog Streets of Salem to which we have made comments, and followed up on a photo that was in 'Images of Yore' (a Facebook group). The person in the photo turned out to be Thomas Needham Gardner who is a great-uncle of Dr. Frank. Some time was spent GitHub'ing along.
08/09/2019 -- We're starting a GitHub to get the necessary modes accomplished for biz and tech as we reconfigure. See PortalToTruth. Idea is to leverage off of a couple of other projects that will use the same theme.
08/02/2019 -- Several posts added to the image index. The lastest on a randomly picked descendant: Ezra Pound.
07/09/2019 -- As part of the re-construct, looking to improve the management of the processes, using modern methods while continuing to blog about choices and results.
07/04/2019 -- Vol IX, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue continues our review over the past ten years which leads to renovation of our processes and sites and discusses some future activities. The 400th is coming up. Thomas deserves a monument? Other questions abound.
06/24/2019 -- Until further notice, we will be re-constructing the site, somewhat, in order to get ourselves set for new functions. We will use 'biz' for busyness activity; our technology blog is being moved under 'tech' (both of these at our Portal to truth). This initial effort will not take long. A more involved restructure will occur from time to time as we adjust to technology decisions. Some errors might be handled by the '404 message.' Please excuse us while we make improvements.
06/23/2019 -- Researched Lt. Benjamin West who was killed at Bunker Hill. Added entries from Chronicles of Old Salem into our text scroll at our Portal to truth. While researching Sidney's Antiquarian work, noted that he had a reason to discontinue the activity. We did get his History of Salem as a consequence.
06/01/2019 -- Before Memorial Day, did some work on WikiTree to support linking a grave in Saugus, MA of a Civil War veteran with records of his family. FindAGrave has a huge lapse in getting updates done. We're starting doing technical work related to non-profit business. We'll use our DevLog to comment on the process.
05/17/2019 -- We're diving into Sidney's The Essex Antiquarian. As we do, we'll pay attention to his maps (How close is close II?) and his transcribed text of records. Example of that is reading about land transactions, such as the area around Massey's Cove.
05/01/2019 -- The plate does not show Gardner Hill but the view away from it in one direction. There was a bridge in the scene (Dr. Frank used Gardner's bridge) that had several names. It was over North River which had several names, too. On searching, several images and articles have shown up including a recent effort called the South Danvers Observer which has historical information (directory of the issues) that we can use. The latest search results have allowed us to identify the direction of the view plus some historical details.
04/26/2019 -- Planning for the 400th for Gloucester (Cape Ann) has kicked off. As an example of digging deeper, a researcher from France is following General Lafayette's return trip in detail. And, we saw the copy of the 1907 book by Dr. Frank that was dedicated to his father, Stephen Wilson Gardner. There is a plate, early in the book, that shows Gardner Hill. We will analyze this more, but the painting that is reproduced in the plate was done in 1826. That would have been after the sale by a descendant of Samuel; also, it was after grave stones had already been moved.
04/06/2019 -- So far this month, 170 images on the index, from the portal and here. Also, we're looking at the History of New England and starting with the 1st year of Thomas and Margaret in New England. We will be stepping through this family history from the beginning.
03/27/2019 -- At the time of the start of New England, there was general turmoil on the planet, later named the "General Crisis" by a 20th Century scholar; too, we will be looking closely at collateral families, as we mentioned early on. We were contacted by a great-grandson of Dr. Frank.
03/20/2019 -- Added text to our portal (to truth) that was printed in The Gardner Annals, Volume I, Number 1. The first group went from 1592 to 1674 which is Thomas' life span. And, the topics relate to New England and its start.
03/07/2019 -- Reminder. This table provides a comparison of the persons in the books of Dr. Frank A. Gardner. All persons are marked with their number. The table resulted from a free evening where I had both books in hand. It is a brief sketch that will be reformatted as we work the process for descendant identification and verification. It is obvious from this comparison that Dr. Frank covered his line as much as he could in 1907 and added in those lines that he could contact, get information from, and verify. Later, the 1933 book looked a little further at George's line.We want to fill this in further. Up to 1900, say. Too, we want to start some biographies of current descendants or some ancestors that a two or three generations back.
02/21/2019 -- Vol IX, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue looks at the past ten years and its milestones, discusses some future activities, and asks the question: Where is Thomas? Which question will be researched, and reported, until we feel that all aspects of the issue have been lifted to awareness. Future researchers are a huge motivational factor.
01/23/2019 -- In our steps toward more functionality, turned on SSL: https://www.tgsoc.org/. Going through the sites to get all pages fully encrypted.
01/21/2019 -- If you look at Content Management or CMS at the truthengineering blog or the one for the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. (CMS or Configuration), you will see lots of posts related to those themes. We can use our new site to we prove our work in this regard: TGSoc.org. Its role is (will be) portal but, for now, we introduce changes there, first. See the Discussion page with a link to our devlog. Based upon the direction I hear that Google is going (based up the Nov. 2018 developers' conference), working the approach that we have taken for our portal is right on. So, technical will be visible rather than not, as it ought to be, really.
01/20/2019 -- The Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. is now registered as a Google Non-profit. Before using their facilities, we will be looking more closely at the architectural issues for our systems.
01/13/2019 -- Added a "search" facility to help build an index view. We are looking to use Google Developers' approach in improving our site.
01/03/2019 -- We are looking at the future, near and far. For one thing, resolve the burial issue. Also, preparing for the 400ths.
12/26/2018 -- Our perspective ought to be over 15 generations, as we work associate Thomas Gardner contributions in the framework of culture, history, and technology.
12/14/2018 -- Vol VIII, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue looks at 2018 activities and accomplishments plus some on-going and future research.
12/06/2018 -- Several things: New Twist, Gardiner, OR, Summaries, and Rev John White. All of these imply work which is stacking up. More on the workload next year.
10/29/2018 -- Print of Vols III, IV TGA;-- Vols IV, V, VI, VII GB is available for ordering.
10/24/2018 -- We are going through the next step in our evolution: CMS and more. In 2012, we moved from MS OfficeLive to Web Hosting Hub, basically due to its Linux basis. However, too, we described the issues related to various views being important, such as content being more important than configuration (the old anti-McLuhan bit).
10/11/2018 -- If you look at the TGS site, you'll see a start of an index using images. The first one goes to the Welcome post from 2010. While doing these, I have been looking at updates that need to be done, such as the additional information about the marriage of Thomas and Margaret. Too, I see that we need to look more closely at Rev. Hubbard and his work. He mentioned Thomas. One has to think of what we would know without that first attempt (he wrote in the 1600s, finished his manuscript in the 1670s).
09/24/2018 -- Notice the improved image handler on the main page of TGSInc, TGSoc, and Publications.
09/23/2018 -- Recently the Profile for Thomas Gardner on WikiTree changed to only have the two wives. This was due to research and discussion to which Gardner Research contributed. Earlier, there was a post that summarized the issue and accomplishment: Margaret, anew. Thanks are extended to all who made this update possible. The Profile is managed by the Puritan Great Migration Project sponsored by the NEHGS, publisher of the Great Migration books.
09/22/2018 -- Updating the Publication page to point to "Comment and Criticism" to handle discussion of content and errors related to publishing and printing The Gardner Annals. We will continue use "Afterthoughts & Modifications" for Gardner's Beacon.
09/15/2018 -- Dr. Frank and WikiTree.
08/17/2018 -- The 2nd wife of H.D. Gardiner, owner of the barque Bostonian that wrecked off of Oregon in 1850, was Caroline B. Turner (see note this day at this post) of Maine and not Caroline C. Turner of Nantucket.
07/30/2018 -- Our theme: Culture/History/Technology. We'll take some inspiration from the work of people running the commemorative group for Jedediah Strong Smith (original mountain man, out west from New England).
07/14/2018 -- It is time to look at Whence, again; I have been getting familiar with the area of southwest England. The Dorchester writeup that was in the Rev. John White page moved from ancestry. Here it is: https://dorsetcountymuseum.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/the-founding-of-dorchester-massachusetts-and-the-rev-john-white/. Notice, Elizabeth has no son, Thomas, however it says that her husband came over and returned.
06/28/2018 -- Going forward, our topics of interest: culture, history, and genealogy. Too, the TGA, Vols III and IV, print is in the works. And, we will be organizing to be a persistent source of information.
06/18/2018 -- The Gardner Annals, Volume IV, Number 1, published. Contents: The Massachusetts Magazine, updating an article in the Essex Genealogist, Gardner and the Tudors, and Pending Research: Pseudo-wall, The Atlantic, Nathaniel Eaton.
06/09/2018 -- Vol VIII, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue discusses celebrations: Memorial Day (Civil War), 4th of July (Revolutionary War), and Cape Ann (to be).
05/26/2018 -- Setting up to get more flexible and responsive using TGSoc.org.
05/23/2018 -- Hand-written chart of Dr. Frank's parentage. Will do an ahnentafel for his mother's side of the family.
04/03/2018 -- A friend, F.W. Bailey, of Dr. Frank worked out a format for ancestral information publication. We will be reviewing one of these books soon. F.W. advertised in the Spirit of '76 which was an early voice of S.A.R.
02/16/2018 -- We have more information dealing with the demise of The Massachusetts Magazine in 1918. Not only were Dr. Frank's cohorts passing on and there was the draft of WWI that started in 1917, the Spanish flu epidemic began its incursion of the east coast in the Boston area in the late summer of 1918. World-wide, there were 500 million people made sick; of those, over 50 million died. The first case in the U.S. had been at Fort Riley in Kansas in March of 1918.
01/20/2018 -- This month, 100 years ago, there was the last issue of The Massachusetts Magazine. This effort by Dr. Frank and friends published, quarterly, for ten years. We will cover the rest of the Table of Contents in the TGA Vol. IV).
10/26/2017 -- Print of Vols I, II TGA; Vols I, II, III GB is available for ordering.
10/11/2017 -- Working on our 1st printing: Vols I, II TGA; Vols I, II, III GB.
08/09/2017 -- Read about Dr. Frank's friends (Col Thomas W. Higginson, et al) plus Count Rumford.
06/25/2017 -- Vol VII, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue reports on The Old Planters Society and contributors to The Massachusetts Magazine.
06/23/2017 -- Gardner Research work cited in The American Genealogist. Expect more discussion about Nathaniel Eaton in the near future.
05/25/2017 -- Put in link to PDF of Dr. Frank's genealogy. His Gardner grandparents were Benjamin Brown Gardner and Lucy Foster Gardner.
04/20/2017 -- We will be restructuring our website, using TGSoc.org.
04/05/2017 -- Reprint from the recent The Gardner Annals: Bosworth and Gardners. Also, time for review and overview.
03/13/2017 -- We will be doing threads (full perspective) from then to now in order to foster discussions about what is the American dream. Rev. John Wise is not a bad place to start.
02/23/2017 -- Reprints from the current The Gardner Annals: The Massachusetts Magazine, Magna Carta (800th Anniversary), Flyover country, ...
01/23/2017 -- We plan two issues of The Gardner Annals this year. Looking for suggestions on articles. We will have reprints (example, article on Dr. Frank's TMM). Also, Gardner Research interim report will be re-organized and status'd via the blog.
01/15/2017 -- Updating support tools. Pondering site configurations. ...
12/07/2016 -- The Gardner Annals, Volume III, Number 1, published. Contents: Gardner history, the 200th anniversary of the westward movement, The Massachusetts Magazine, Magna Carta, and DNA. The issue provides a summary of research status as well as providing some results.
12/04/2016 -- Vol VI, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue reports on research done in 2016 and looks at future plans. Featured are Bosworth and Gardners, Flyover Country, The Massachusetts Magazine, the Magna Carta, and DNA processing.
11/20/2016 -- We need to get flyover country a little better known. It may be out in the middle of nowhere. Where lonely cemeteries are a common thing. People drive by, at a high rate of speed. The stones sit. But, this is not entirely wilderness. It is highly productive farm land, in many cases.uncovers millstone that is likely from an early Gardner mill in Salem.
06/17/2016 -- Recent posts: Westward Ho, Bosworth and more, The almost forgotten, and more.
04/28/2016 -- Tidbits, such as errata.
03/30/2016 -- Follow blog for current information.
01/28/2016 -- We will include maintenance of pages on findagrave on our regular todo list. Dr. Frank is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, MA.