Book Corner

Book Corner: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Christmas brought an unexpected gift from one of the treasured distant cousins–a copy of Mayflower by the brilliant writer and historian Nathaniel Philbrick. It’s an absolute treasure of a book particularly for anyone with Puritan roots. As I read it I underscored each reference to Taunton and any other clues I thought might shed some […]

Ebenezer Hall and Matinicus Island

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Dear Visitors: In honor of having recently connected through the miracle of DNA research with another cousin who is a descendant of the Halls of Maine I am dipping into my archives and posting this excerpt from Gems of the Ocean which relays an old version of the story of Ebenezer Hall of Matinicus Island. […]

Tracing mtDNA: The Seven Daughters of Eve

Monday, March 1st, 2010

While the extraordinary book The Seven Daughters of Eve by Oxford University professor of genetics Bryan Sykes was published ten years ago, it has just recently come to my attention. I suppose it was inevitable, or at least organic that when I found, at last, an exact 37 marker DNA match to my father, proving […]