May 2016

So you have found that all-important book.  And, it has an index!!  This will certainly make the examination of the book easier.


Don’t forget to look at the beginning of the index – whether it is at the front of the book or the back.  This is where you may find a guide to the index, or other helpful bits of information.  Make sure you look here first, before looking for the ancestor’s name.



Since returning from my trip to New York, those who read my blog know that I have been updating my FTM files.

First, before tackling my Lyon Book, I updated my Bryan Book.  A relative had asked for another copy of the book – I was not going to send a copy of outdated information!  So, I updated the book and printed out a new copy.  I was really surprised at the size of the book – it had grown quite a bit since it was originally written.  Of course, after I updated the tree, I saved the new tree on

Pedigree Chart for William Bell Bryan


Then, the job of updating the Lyon Book begun.  I have been adding information bit-by-bit into my FTM family file.  As this version of FTM is “newer” than my original version, I have also been able to “attach” documents to each bit of information that I have added.  Yes, it is taking time to do this.  But, I will rejoice when I am finished with this part of updating – I will have a new Lyon Book!!



After researching in several towns in New York, cousin and I visited several “live” cousins.  Some of these cousins I had not seen for many years, and several I had never met.  I feel very blessed to have seen and met all of them.  I have renewed friendships and made new friends!

Upon returning home from the New York trip, I began the sorting and classifying of records that were found on the trip.  The preliminary part of this job is done.  Everything is now located on my computer, and is in several other locations as well.  Now I will begin updating my database on this family.

I am also now beginning the “understanding” phase – what did cousin and I learn?  What new questions do I have?  As you can probably understand, this is another fun part of the “trip” experience!

As I continue to understand more of what we learned, I will develop even more questions.  And, as I do develop these questions, I will continue to be in conversation with the various people who cousin and I met on our trip.  There are so many that helped us – those at libraries, historical societies, courthouses, hotels – so many to thank for everything that was done for us.  Each of the people told us to continue to contact them with our “new” questions, and I will do so!

I am hopeful that each of you will be able to have an experience like cousin and I had.  We had a fun time learning more about our ancestors and sharing this information with you!



Forefront:  Daniel G. and Phenie Burroughs – “adoptive” parents of Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole Burroughs Jones.  Next row back:  Polly (wife of Esquire/Squire Jones), Mercy (wife of Christopher Jones), Christopher Jones.

My last post about the New York trip was on 21 April.  We had visited the Wyoming County Historian’s office.

The next day, we did visit the Genesee Co. History Dept. in Batavia, NY, on-the-way to visit some “live” cousins!  We wanted to visit here because of the county-formations in New York – Wyoming County had been formed from Genesee County.


front of buildingsign


As per our experience thus far, the staff at the history department was most helpful!  While there, we examined many “family” files, and also other documents.

We inquired as to where we would find land records.  We were told to visit the clerk’s office at the courthouse.  So, there we went!

And, we discovered something new!  We found the deed between Squire Jones “of the town of Gainesville, County of Genesee” and Polly, his wife, and Daniel G. Burroughs “of the town of Castile, County of Genesee”.  So, now we knew where Squire and Polly Jones had resided, and we knew that the Jones’ and Burroughs’ families had known each other in 1828 – the year of the deed.  If you recall, Daniel G. Burroughs had “adopted” Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole sometime after 1826.  And, Sylvester Jones, grandson of Squire and Polly, had married Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole in Castile in 1845.  Could it be that it was that early that Sylvester and Mary Ann had known each other?

We also found Christopher Jones in deeds.

After lunch, we went back to the history department to inquire about adoption records.  And, we discovered that those official records are housed there at the department.  So, we examined these very old records.  We did not find an official adoption record for Mary Ann Charlotte Cordelia Cole (adoption by Daniel G. Burroughs).

Since it was time to travel to see some “live” relatives, we left the history department.

Thank you for following our New York trip!