I cannot recall the original source of this information, but I have attached all that I had in hopes that interested parties can research further on this subject matter. The Bolling/ Bowling and various spellings have thought to have had their surname changed many times. The original spelling is thought to have been Boulogne, De Bolling, Bolling, Bowling, and various other family spellings. this is interesting reading.
I have been thinking about this today. We are all here for a short time, and have many interactions with other people on a daily basis, but how well do you really know a person that you proclaim to be close too? I know that there are some people that I think I know better than others, but do I really know them as well as I think I do? I know that people share with me what they want me to know about them, and I do the same but to know someone’s most inner thoughts and likes and dislikes is what true relationships are all about. I think that is why I write, because I can write what I am feeling at the time and share my inner most thoughts without fear of judgement or negative feedback that often slows the art of communicating with others. I often forget what I write though and then wonder what my readers will think when they read it.
I guess that is being a part of being transparent and honest. If I want others to share with me then it is only fair I am transparent with them.
I hope that something you read along the way in my blog touches a part of you that you can relate too! Let me know your thoughts!
Genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies. I absolutely love researching, and scrolling through old records, pieces together information that will create a story, a story of my family’s life. When I research a name, I am not just researching vital records but I am researching that person as well. What kind of person was she? How did he take care of his family Who were their friends? What was the socio-economic situation in the area that they lived? Where there any health epidemics that they faced? All the bits of data that I pull together to form the environment of that person that I am researching.
One of the most important pieces of information I try to gather is Did they know God? Did they love God? Time after time, I found that their were different denomination in my family tree: Anabaptists, Amish, Huguenots, Baptist, Methodist, Quakers… so many different denominations but most importantly I know that they loved God. There were many ministers in the lineage, and interestingly enough, many that suffered religious persecution because of their faith. Jesus said that would happen in his Word, but to actually see the history of time in front of you was amazing. One of my family lines is the Hochstetler’s who came from Switzerland as Anabaptists, and then when they came over to America were Amish. Jacob and his wife Anna Hochstetler, and some of their children were attacked by Indians, and because of their Amish faith, Jacob forbid his sons to fire upon the Indians, resulting in Anna and two of her children being murdered and the remaining sons taken and kept by the Indians for years. (http://www.berkshistory.org/articles/hoch.html)
Thinking about my generation, what will my descendants know about me? Will they be able to see that I loved Jesus? Will they know that I lived my life for Him? Realizing that my future generation of family will not be able to talk to me, to get to know me personally, but will rely on bits of information that they research or are told from stories passed down from one generation to another.
Think about your situation, what will your family see? What will they find out about you? Will they know that you lived your life as an example for Christ? Remember they will not be able to talk to you personally, so they will form preconceived notions in their head about you, I am hoping that they are what you would like your family to know about you, food for thought!
Anthony is working hard of course, to pay for all these activities! We are all doing well.
Here is a picture of Ginny. She turned 89 years old today. I must say this woman was the one who taught me about manners, being a lady, and Grace. She was a proper southern woman, with an exquisite taste for art, and social manners. She is also getting ready to pass to the other side, with our Glorious Jesus!
When I first started my research on my paternal side, I was looking for names and dates of great grandparents, and their surrounding family. I was literally shocked to realize how far I was able to trace back my lineage, and even more surprised as to the locations in which my family had arrived from. I never thought in a million years, that I would discover and find so many answers to the questions about my paternal side. From the smallest question as to Where did I get these ears from? There were much more significant answers that I received, such as, Why did my paternal side of the male family drink so much? I even received an answer to a surprising question, as to why am I slowly losing some of my hearing now? Well, come to find out, my paternal side had known Hearing defects in our generations past. A few family members even opened up world renowned Schools for the Hearing Impaired.
Researching my family members has created a sense of loyalty, and established in some sense a relationship or connection with them. There have been surprises, interesting facts, and disappointments along the way. I have discovered that sometimes you create a person in the image that you expect them to be, and often times, with further research back, you discover facts about them that can be somewhat disappointing. For example, while doing research I discovered that my great, great, great grandparents were married a very long time, and had many children together. I discovered that although they were together, the ggg grandfather also had a whole separate family in the same town! The perception that I had created in my mind, was not based on the genealogical facts that I discovered.
To take my research to another level, I like to analyze the socio-economics of the area that they lived in. What was the time frame in regards to world historical events? Was there something sufficient going on that would effect their standards of living? The Depression era, disease epidemics, local and federal politics? All surrounding facts that could help create the culture of that particular time.
One last thing, take the time to study and analyze the vital records of your ancestor. You will be able to determine a lot about the person they were by studying birth, marriage, and especially death certificates. Census records hold so many unknown facts about the family as a whole: location of where they lived, their profession, education, social status, people they associated with and so much more!
I encourage you to get to know your family members better, research with open eyes, an open heart, and you will be surprised at all the interesting facts that you discover.