When I took up the endeavor of genealogy several years ago, I consider it a good hobby to occupy myself with in retirement. I had no idea of the scope this endeavor would entail, neither for the amount of dedication, nor for the hours spenting searching for ancestors and a few $$$ spread here and there. When I started my only goal was to find out a little about the history of my family and something about my ancestors so that I could pass it along to my children. One of the first obstacles I met was, that with the exception of three cousins, I was the "corporate knowledge" of the family's history. So, with the collective knowledge they provided, I set out in search of my roots upon the river of time.
I had several guiding lights and guardian angels along the way and they pointed me toward a lot of information, techniques and strategy, some of it on the Internet, some of it in books, and some on microfische or films at the Church of the Latter Day Saints Family History Centers. So, to show my appreciation to all those who shared their knowledge with me, I want to try to share my limited knowledge with other researchers as my way of repaying those kind deeds. Thank you all, so very much. I shall try to repay your kindness in kind.
The largest project I've undertaken is The Descendants of Joseph Loomis in Colonial America. In the project, I'm atempting to list all of the descendants of these two pioneers. It is my understanding that their descendants make up about 90% of all the Loomis families in the U. S. Their original homestead is now the Chafee-Loomis School in Windsor, Connecticut. The task of finding their descendants is not easy. Although their are several books documenting the family, I have found major errors, minor errors, unbelievable errors and many dead ends, especially the female descendants. The accomplishments of the men are fairly well documented; however, none but the most notable accomplishments of the females are documented in any of the books published so far. I selected the colonial period of my country's history. In general that is seven, sometimes eight, generations of the Loomis family. The period of my research is about 250 years, from when Joseph & Mary (White) Loomis landed on these shores in the late 1630's, until about the end of the Revolutionary War in the 1780's.
To view the various sections in my Genealogy pages, use the second box on the sidebar marked Section Categories. As I add pages, the section navigation box will fill up with more choices.
How it works
I will use three methods to convey the descendants of Joseph Loomis and Mary White. The first is through PAF5 creation of a web site; the second is through Legacy 7.4 creation of a web site; and third, is a descendant narrative report generated by my Legacy Family Tree software. The third is the most complete account of what I have available. You may choose whichever you wish. Also, there is also a GEDCOM generated by PAF5 if you choose to download it. The information in these reports is tenuous unless it has a souce citation; even then it still may be incorrect due to my typing errors or errors in the documentation. Also, it is important for you to note that when I import my Legacy database into PAF5 by means of GEDCOM, PAF5 loses some important information because it can't decipher the Legacy tags. If you use the PAF5 GEDCOM, please check the Descendant Narrative report for notes such as occupation, religion, census information, etc. If a source has information about a person, I tried to include it in the notes section, which is translated into the PAF5 version; however, the amount of information available on the Internet is to a point where I rarely now duplicate the information. If you want just more than names and dates, please refer to the Descendant Narrative report.
I will, at some time in the near future, include several pages of information for some of my direct ancestral lines and some family group sheets.
In one section of this site, I will list the surnames directly related to me and other surnames that are indirectly related to the research of my family, names I've come across but aren't in my direct line of ancestors. They will be located in the Surname section. Each name listed has a location and time frame with which it's associated in my research. You can feel free to ask about any lines I may be researching directly or indirectly. I'll gladly share what information I have.
There are links to other pages, including a list of links to other genealogy related sites on the Internet that are helpful in my research. There are also links to other pages with information about some of the resources available to genealogists researching their families in Chenango County, New York and cemetery locations within the county.
There will be links to several pedigree charts which cover much of my family. I used to begin with myself and worked backward through much of my maternal side (LOOMIS) of the family. Concerns about idenity theft, etc. have made me delete this information. However, if you are researching any of my direct lines, I would be glad to share information with you on a person-to-person basis. The group sheets cover my LOOMIS line start with my greatgrandfather, Orlando M. Loomis, and continue through Joseph Loomis who emigrated from Braintree, Essex, England to the colony of Connecticut in July 1638. Much of the documentation for the Loomis line comes from Descendants of Joseph Loomis In America And His Antecendants in the Old World, the original published by Elias Loomis, LLD, 1835, Revised by Elisha S. Loomis, PhD, 1908, Republished by John E. Loomis in 1981, and the History of Ancient Windsor, by Henry R. Stiles, M. P., New York, C. B. Norton, 1859.
You will be able to access the Family Group Sheets from within the pedigree charts by clicking on the names. I've recently updated the group sheets and pedigree charts with some information taken from The Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage.