Augustus Stearns, eldest child of Nathan Jr & Polly (Martin) Stearns, b. 26 July 1832 in Goffstown, New Hampshire; d. 4 Feb 1882 in West Derry, New Hampshire buried in Goffstown, New Hampshire

m. 4 Aug 1852 Sarah H. Emerson of Weare, New Hampshire, b. 12 Sep 1832, d. 1907; daughter of Obadiah & Eunice (Marshall) Emerson; Her ancestor, Stephen Emerson, was an early settler of Weare, New Hampshire.

Alternate surname spellings: Sturns 1850 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire index,

Rowell: Wilmont Rowell household 27 Dwelling 30, 1880 US Census Derry, New Hampshire list Augustus as, Augustin Rowell and his wife Sarah H., daughter Carrie E. and son Frank L. as Rowell in index, visual of page list Stearns,

Stevens: New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947;

 Children of Augustus & Sarah H. (Emerson) Stearns:

1. Ellen Stearns, b.1851 in Goffstown, New Hampshire

2. Mason William Stearns, b. 11 March 1856; m. Rachel Emma Fletcher of New London, daughter of William and Susannah J. (Hastings) Fletcher

3. Lyman Marshall Stearns, b. 4 March 1858; d. 28 Dec 1918 in Manchester, New Hampshire, m. 5 June 1878 Alnora Maria Chase of Londonderry NH, b. 11 May 1854, daughtet of Trueworthy and Nancy (Pettingill) Chase. They settled in Derry, New Hampshire. He was editor and publisher of checker books, and a professional player, having the rare gift of being able to play checkers blindfolded.  Published author and Checker Champion. No children

4. Carrie Elilsworth Stearns, b. 24 March 1863 in Lynn, Massachusetts m 10 Nov 1863 Herman Foster Nutt of West Derry, New Hampshire. Known Children Herman Elwyn and Bernice Irene.

 5. Frank Leslie Stearns, b. 7 Dec 1866 in Salem, Massachusetts, m. Abbie L Farr of Methuen, Massachusetts. Children: Harry (Henry) L, John H, Blanche E, Ralph M, and Frances May.

Augustus was most likely the male 5-under 10 in the Nathan Stearns Household residing in Goffstown, New Hampshire in 1840. Also living in the household was a male under age 5 [Lucien E. born 19 May 1840,] male 30-40 [Nathan Stearns,]  2 females under 5 [Elvira 26 Jan 1836 and Mary Ann 27 Apr 1838,] and 1 female 30-40 [Polly Martin 27 Aug 1810.]

 He was a shoemaker. He and his family resided in Goffstown, New Hampshire 1850;  Middleton, Massachusetts in 1855, returning to the old homestead in Goffstown, New Hampshire sometime between the 1855-1860 US Census. moved to Lynn, Massachusetts sometime before 1863 when daughter, Carrie E. was born; returning to Goffstown, New Hampshire before the 1870 US Census for. He worked in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1869, where he followed the trade of a finished custom shoe maker until 1878. One of his eyes was injured by chestnut burr, and from this injury gradually became totally blind. He moved to West Derry about two years before his death. Middleton, Massachusetts, Lynn, Massachusetts, Derry New Hampshire and Manchester, New Hampshire all were known for shoe manufacturing. Augustus was following the work of his trade.

Military enlistment 13 June 1863 5th District Lynn, Massachusetts: U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 for Augustus Stearns on Ancestry.  1 July 1863 was 31 years old, residing in the 5th district of Lynn, Massachusetts, trade a shoemaker, married, born New Hampshire, no list of regiment or date of former service noted in this enlistment record.


A Tidbit about Shoe Making

 Inventors had managed to create machines to cut out the different parts of the shoe and to sew together the leather that made up the top, but the last and hardest part still had to be done by hand. Skilled shoemakers would shape the leather upper part of the shoe over a foot-shaped wooden mold called a last and then sew it onto the sole, or bottom, of the shoe. An expert shoe laster could make about fifty pairs of shoes a day.


For more information on shoemaking read:

“The Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1850-1880: The Family during the Transition from Hand to Machine Labor”, by Milligan Jr., William H

The “History of the town of Dunbarton”, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, from the Grant by Mason’s Assign in 1751 to the year 1860, by Caleb Stark, published Concord, NH, 1860 had information on Elijah Stearns (pg 27), and Dr Isaac Stearns (pge 150 & 154,) but none for Nathan Jr.

History of the town ofGoffstown1733-1920 Narrative by George Plummer Hadley in two volumes: Link to read online

Genealogical and Family History of the State ofNew Hampshirecompiled by Erza Stearns 1901 Volume 1 pg 385-394

History of Goffstown, New Hampshire1733 -1920, A Narrative by George Plummer Hardly

1840 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire for Nathan Stearns:  Year: 1840; Census Place: Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; Roll: 238; Page: 135; Family  History Library Film: 0014932; accessed 5 Jan 2017, image 25 of 31; 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987,  June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

1855 Census Middleton, Essex, Massachusetts: Augustus 23 y, wife of A Stearns 23 y, Ellen L 4y

1860 Census Goffstown, Hillisborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 27, Sarah H 27,Ellen L 9, Mason W 4, Lyman M 2

1870 Census Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 38, Sarah H 38, Mason W 14, Lyman N 12, Carrie E 7, Frank L 4 (Carrie & Frank born Massachusetts) U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. NAI: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives at Washington D.C. image 176 of 244 vol 2 of 4

Decades of Entertainment


I’m hoping people will join me in Julie Goucher’s “The Book of Me” prompts. Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog will be posting monthly prompts, during 2018, encouraging our creative thought process. Join some or all her prompts, privately or on social media. Your choice.


What do I enjoy? Immediately family, friends, Genealogy, reading and Bingo came to mind. That is fine, but very generic. I decided to write about what I enjoyed in the decades of my life. Our interest change. Writing about what interest me today does not give you a glimpse of how I became me. Our interests develop who we are, as much as family, friends, co-workers, our environment, our world does.


When we are children our interest evolve around our family, friends, school and play. We really don’t concern ourselves with world events, unless it directly affects us. My Dad served in the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Osan, South Korea. My parents were married before he joined the Army. I was born in the mid 1950’s. I remember none of this.

I remember playing with cousins, by the lake at my Uncle Art’s house. Visiting cousins in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at my Uncle Fred’s. Visiting my Aunt’s Carrie and Aunt Eleanor. Going fishing with my Dad, boating, swimming, picnicking and feeling the love of my family.

Uncle Fred, Christine, June


WOW, the 1960’s! This is the decade that really started me becoming who I am today. The family trips to aunts, cousins, weekend picnicking, boating, fishing, were definitely a part of my 1960’s. That family love and time spent together felt like a cocoon of safety. Nothing can hurt us. We moved around many times through the years, for my father’s job. He was a mechanic by trade. He was a barter of his services at times. Money was tight, but we never felt deprived.

My interest at this time was, fishing, boating, and working alongside my father planting potatoes at my Aunt Carrie’s in Sutton, New Hampshire. I would work in the junk yard during the summer, helping my father get parts for his service station. During the school year I would work at his service station, pumping gas, changing tires, oil and learning how cars worked. Many summers I camped at my Aunts house, helping out, and playing cards, Canasta or Whisk, into the night. I would play checkers with my Uncles Mark and Wilson or with my cousins Ernest and Clint. Uncle Mark’s second cousin was the world known checker player and writer, Lyman Marshal Stearns. So checkers was a game we were taught very young. It was while we were playing cards and checkers that my PASSION, for family stories and family history began. I loved listening to the stories. I enjoyed learning about my family and where we came from. I’m not sure I believed all those stories. That may be why in later years, I made it my job to disprove them, hoping to prove them.

Many moves, many changing of friends, many new interest were developed. I was a tomboy. You probably already figured that out with my working alongside my father. I loved baseball, fishing, cars (I even helped build a dune buggy and raced it at the track,) and I learned how to use and care for guns. I’m not a fan of guns. I’m glad I know how if I ever needed to use it to live by, but I much rather capture the animals with a camera.

Cross Country skiing, ice skating and sledding were my winter time entertainment. Skating on the marshes of Saugus, Massachusetts at my Aunt Eleanor’s. Going to the local skating rink in Wakefield, Massachusetts; cross country skiing in Sutton, New Hampshire; sledding off the new construction of Route 1, Lynn Massachusetts, are memories I remember with thoughts like…

What was I thinking, sledding into midair that high up, skiing alone in the woods when they are searching for dead bodies in the junk yard, or did I really just skate on the marsh backwards and fall? (Stitches were needed for that last one in a place you don’t want to know about.) I mention these tidbits because they changed my interest to other areas. 4-H became my new interest. I participated in the local agriculture fairs. I entered baked goods, canning, jams and jellies, quilting and photography. My first Blue Ribbon was for Blueberry Muffins at the Topsfield State Fair in Topsfield Massachusetts. During the summers I traveled with my father to the state fairs, serving soft served ice cream. Dad had one of those trucks you would wait to hear that jingle in your neighborhood. [This was when we moved in with my Aunt Eleanor, my cousins Lilly and Jean, became influences of my new interest. (Our home in Maine burned. We lost everything.)]

Music was a large part of my 1960’s. At my Aunt Carrie’s the harmonica, spoons and washboard were the instruments of choice. At my Uncle Fred’s and our home the guitar was the musical instrument. You can tell that country music was a strong influence in our family. I loved going to the local ranches to listen to my mother and her friend, Florence Martin, sing and Yodel. Circle 9 Ranch in Epson, New Hampshire was visited frequently.

When we met Gene Maltais, in 1969, our music became a little more Rock-A-Billy. More about that in the next decade.

Television turn from black and white to color. I watched Lawrence Welk, Art Linkletter, Uncle Bob, Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room, Superman, The Green Hornet and Batman. Sundays included church, Davie and Goliath.

I end the decade with thoughts of getting my driver’s license, working for someone other than my father, caring for my family, entering- yet another school and changes happened in the world. The word “fear” truly entered my conscious. I lost loved ones, the world lost JFK, blackouts, and modern times are fast approaching. I’m starting to be more involved in the world and its happenings. The end of playing is becoming a time of working.

Let’s Jam 1972



The decade of adult changes. Graduation from high school, college, marriage and the birth of my first child. This short sentence gives you a glimpse of how my entertainment change in the 1970’s decade. I go from a school girl to a mother.
The seventies start with independent driving. My friends and I would take drives in the surrounding area. I usually had one or more of my siblings with me. I’m a caregiver for them when my mother worked alongside my father at the service station in Pembroke New Hampshire. The seventies is the first time we lived in the same place for longer than 2 years. The luxury of having friends to do things with was a treat. In the past my family were my traveling companions and “playmates.”

They still are. My family will always be my core of entertainment, love and support. The family members changed through the years; death and births caused those changes. The sense of family never left my soul.

4-H is replaced with Rainbow Girls, Library Club and Dramatic Arts. Hiking, is added to swimming, boating and fishing. Family Sunday Drives “to find a dirt road,” (aka, visiting the aunts,) continues. I love those drives with my family, watching the clouds for animal, faces, and shapes. Playing the Alphabet license plate games with my younger siblings, playing canasta with my aunts, stopping for ice cream in New London (for us kids) and for fired clams in Boscowen, New Hampshire (for Mom) were a must do.
Music changing more to Ricky Nelson, Everly Brothers, the Beatles (Lilly’s influence,) and of course the old staples with Mom, Flo and Gene. Johnny Cash, yodeling, Gene Maltais and Jerry Lee Lewis. Once I met and married my husband my music was broaden to include, Rock and Roll, a little disco and heavy metal. I’m still not a fan of the heavy metal. Give me the late fifties, the sixties and early seventies classic and I’m happy.

I didn’t watch much television in the seventies. When I did it was usually history, movie, and some sitcoms like Doggie Howser, M.D., Ben Casey, ER, or Marcus Welby. Do you notice a theme here? I was never one to race home for a certain time to watch television. My time in school, work, church and societies I joined kept me very busy. I was learning the joy of working and earning money. Later seventies my time was spent being a wife and mother. I will admit that when Luke & Laura were on General Hospital, I did watch. General Hospital was a show I watched with my mother.

The Luke and Laura fad happened around the same time as I was put on bedrest with my first child. I had miscarried once already, I wasn’t taking a chance and not follow the doctor’s orders. My husband even had his hair done in an afro.

Mike’s Afro hair style.

Movies became a bigger part of life after I met my husband. He worked at a movie theater. My younger years of movie going was with the family to the drive in movies. My mother loved Elvis Presley. His movie was shown second because of his hip movements were too suggestive. I always slept through the first movie (kid’s movie) and woke up just in time for the second. Who know I was such a rebel?

I leave the 1970’s as a graduate from nursing school, married, starting life in a new home, yes moving again, my husband, Michael; my daughter, Tyna and second child on the way, (my son, Michael.)

Pease Air Force Base Movie Schedule


My entertainment in the eighties was family gatherings, movies, music, some television, reading, board games and children’s activities. During this time I played the wife and mother role; doing more things that my family loved to do. I loved being part of that interaction. We moved again in the mid-eighties. We moved back to my home state of New Hampshire. I was home.  Yes, home is where the family is, yet New Hampshire is always that place that when I enter its borders a calm, comfort envelops me. I can be me. My entertainment now became Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, teaching CPR, safety and making new friends. This may not sound like entertainment. It is what I loved to do. To teach, participate, learn new things with the ones I love. What greater joy can there be, than just enjoying life.

We continued the tradition of Sunday drives my father started in my childhood. We would tell the stories of our youth, to our children. Show them where we lived, worked, and played.

In the later part of the 1980’s hiking and camping became a large part of our family activities.. My friend Linda introduce me to Bingo. I would go weekly with her. She was the lucky one. I just loved the company.

My love of family stories, history and where we came from needed to be recorded. Scrapbooking the family photos, taken over the years, began. Writing the stories down into my diaries and interviewing my mother of our family history became more important after my father and father-in-law died in 1987 &1988. I grew up with those stories, but never taken the time to record them.

So I leave the eighties passionate about family lore once again. I will record the stories past and present for the future.

Michael, Tyna and Nicole 1986


A time of transitioning for my children. They will leave our home by the end of the decade. Our entertainment didn’t change that much from the eighties. Trivia Games, hiking, camping, Sunday drives, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little league, movies, scrapbooking and bingo were our entertainment.

We added Canoe Team Mom in there. I was the chase car for the Girl Scout Canoe Team. Memorial Day weekend was the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge, New York. A weekend of canoeing, County Fair and camping. It was a fifteen miles canoe rally race. Every five miles the paddlers were switched. I was the driver that drove along the race cheering the paddlers on and swapping them out for the next leg. Lots of mud, smiles, laughter, fair games, and camping excitement.

General Clinton Canoe Regatta 1992

Cross Country meets, track meets and many baseball games kept us entertained. Family game night, usually trivia games at this point, was a night where the teenagers challenged the parents. I held my own back then.

Derryfield Cross Country Meet

I proceed to the next decade as a couple, Michael and June. Our children both graduated high school. Our daughter, Tyna entered college, our son Michael, entered the Air Force.


This decade brings many changes in how I entertain myself.

Entertainment as a couple is more about the quiet times together. Listening to music, going to the movies, reading, date night continues (even through there are no children in the house,) scrapbooking has turned digital, bingo has exploded. There many more places to attend. Bingo in a church hall has grown to Bingo Halls with nightly games and even twice on the weekends. My passion for bingo is about the giving to charities. If you go there planning on winning every time, you will be disappointed. Go there for the socialization with friends and giving to the charity makes for a happy night out. Of course, when you win, the night of entertainment is even sweeter.

A decade of health challenges, making those evenings out more of a treat. The time with your husband and family are precious and priceless. This is the decade my mother died, my husband’s brother died. I was dealing with cancer and mini strokes.  There were days that listening to music, especially the songs from my youth, brought comfort. The strength to watch television, go to a movie or even read was a challenge.

My passion for photography grow during this time. I was the one that usually wasn’t in family photographs. I was taking them. I graduated from film photography to digital. I entered photography contest, traveled with my husband to photograph my home state of New Hampshire, and New England. If it captured my eye, I needed to photograph it.

I end this decade, alive, passionate about photography, family history, and learning more about social media, you-tube and webinars.

2010 Photography Scavenger Hunt


Wow! Who knew that social media and webinars could take over your life? My son introduced me to Facebook. This would be my way of communicating with him while he was stationed overseas I started a personal page and a page that I called, Where in the State is Mom. The second page was about my travels, trivia and a way for my son to feel part of my life and not feel so homesick. My passion for family, photography, traveling and trivia all rolled into one package.

My entertainment became more sedentary in nature, due to my physical limitations. I’m thankful for my passion of reading and family history. It allows me to entertain myself, while still feeling productive.

Genealogy Webinars are now all the rage. DearMyrtle and Legacy Family Tree Webinars have kept me well entertained. I’m learning how to best research, find sources, cite those sources, for my family tree. Learning about how DNA can support your paper trail findings and break through that brick wall, is a Happy Dance all on its own.

I still listen to music, watch television, date night with my husband, travel to visit family, and go out with my friends to play bingo. Most of my time is watching the webinars and learning, researching my family and cuddling up next to Ninja Buddy, my dog.

Over the years my entertainment changed, as did my life. My core entertainment did not change. Doing things with family, friends and being passionate about what you’re doing is what is important. Just enjoy who you do those things with throughout your life. Friends and family will change over the years; stay true to yourself, enjoy life.

Cape Neddick, Maine



Happy Father’s Day, Nelson William Stearns: My Paternal lineage


Nelson William Stearns
Nelson William Stearns

Nelson William Stearns: My father

Birth 08 Apr 1930 in New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Death 12 Aug 1988 in Bridgton, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Nathan Augustus Stearns
Nathan Augustus Stearns

Nathan Augustus Stearns: My grandfather

Birth 01 Aug 1887 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Death 20 Sep 1951 in Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Mason Stearns: My great grandfather

Birth 1 Mar 1854 in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Death 9 July 1935 in Newbury, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA

Augustus Stearns: My 2nd great grandfather

Birth 26 Jul 1832 in Colebrook, Coos, New Hampshire, USA

Death 14 Feb 1881

Nathan (2) Stearns: My 3rd great grandfather

Birth 02 May 1801 in New Hampshire, USA

Death 15 Apr 1877 in Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Nathan Stearns: My 4th great grandfather

Birth 22 July 1761 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Death Abt. 11 May 1813 in service of War 1812 in barracks of “fever,” Captain Mills Co.

John Stearns: My 5th great grandfather

Birth 17 Feb 1728 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 02 Oct 1810 in Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

Zachariah Stearns: My 6th great grandfather

Birth 06 Feb 1702 in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 1795 in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA

John Stearns: My 7th great grandfather

Birth 1675 in Massachusetts

Death 14 Jun 1734 in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Isaac (2) Stearns: My 8th great grandfather

Birth 06 Jun 1631 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Death 29 Aug 1676 in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Isaac Stearns: My 9th great grandfather

Birth 31 Oct 1595 in Nayland, Suffolk, England

Death 19 June 1671 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA


A-Z Ancestors: In Deep with the Book of Me-C is For…

Car: Model A
Car: Model A

A-Z Ancestors: In Deep with the Book of Me

I will be posting about the prompts that Angler’s Rest Julie Goucher listed for April 2015 a-Z April Challenge on Blog.


My Direct line Ancestors found to this 9TH Day of April 2015 are:

Please say hello to my ancestors:


Carr, Anne Nancy 1749-____, 4th great grandmother father’s paternal line

Carr, George 1599-1682, 8th great grandfather father’s paternal line

Carr, Sanders 1674-____, 6th great grandfather father’s paternal line

Carr, Sanders 1712-____, 5th great grandfather father’s paternal line

Carr, William 1648-____, 7th great grandfather father’s paternal line

Chase, Alonzo 1835-1905, 2nd great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chase, Aquila 1618-1670, 9th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chase, Clara Jane 1875-1955, great grandmother father’s maternal line

Chase, Daniel 1744-1802, 5th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chase, Enoch Jewell 1775-1851, 4th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chase, Jacob 1811-1907, 3rd great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chases, Moses 1663-1743, 8th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chases, Moses 1688-1760, 7th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Chase, Wells 1710-1785, 6th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Cheney, Hannah1726-1802, 5th great grandmother father’s maternal lines

Cheney, Olive P 1793-1886, 4th great grandmother father’s maternal line

Cheney, Samuel 1762-1841, 5th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Church, Daniel 1707-1799, 7th great grandfather mother’s maternal line

Church, Eunice 1737-1788, 6th great grandmother mother’s maternal line

Church, Samuel 1670-1728, 8th great grandfather mother’s maternal line

Clough, Sarah 1646-1706, 8th great grandmother father’s maternal line

Codman, Rachel 1730-____, 5th great grandmother father’s paternal line

Colby, Anthony 1605-1660, 9th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Colby, Chellis F 1790-1862, 4th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Colby, Hezekiah Valentine 1757-____, 5th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Colby, Jacob 1688-1735, 7th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Colby, James Madison 1823-1912, 3rd great grandmother father’s maternal line

Colby, Judith 1764-1840, 5th 3rd great grandmother father’s maternal line

Colby, Kate E 1850-1890, 2nd great grandfather father’s maternal line

Colby, Thomas 1650-1691, 8th great grandfather mother’s maternal line

Colby, Valentine 1728-1812, 6th great grandfather mother’s maternal line

Collins, Benjamin 1640-1683, 9th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Collins, Ephriam 1683-1759, 8th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Collins, Jacob 1742-____, 6th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Collins, Jacob 1766-1845, 5th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Collins, John 1784-1871, 4th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Collins, Nancy Anne 1827-1864, 3rd great grandmother father’s maternal line

Collins, Richard 1713-1793, 7th great grandfather father’s maternal line

Cook, Patience 1635-1684, 9th great grandmother mother’s maternal line

Cooper, Deborah 1650-1689, 8th great grandmother mother’s maternal line

Copp, Martha ____-____, 9th great grandmother mother’s maternal line

Cox, Ann, circa 1604-1679, 9th great grandmother mother’s maternal line

Cutter, Abigail 1668-1715, 8th great grandmother mother’s maternal line


Sources supplied upon request. Send e-mail to

Photos property of June Stearns Butka.

I have a public tree on called “The Stearns Butka Family Tree.”

Cat: Duchess is my name
Cat: Duchess is my name


A to Z Genealogical Challenge: Analysis Is Key

Analysis is Key
Analysis is Key


The A-Z Challenge ( #AtoZchallenge ) I will be participating in was created by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest. She has provided daily prompts for the month of April giving us Sundays off, totaling 26 days, the same number in the alphabet.

Analysis is key in everything we do from making decision in our personal life to our genealogy research.

It doesn’t matter if it is who you are adding to your address book, place to eat, where to live, or decide to have children or not; following you ancestors trail, analysis is involved. You create a list that may include different titles: pros and cons, correct or incorrect, agree or disagree, found not found; it is still a form of analysis.

Julie’s Challenge has two parts, a Genealogical A-Z list and a Book of Me Medley. We can chose to do one or both.

I’m choosing both because I feel they overlap. In genealogy we start with ourselves. The Book of Me is about me, so that is my genealogy and history in the making. I shall record it. However not all of what I record will be posted in my blogging. It will be available for private viewing for my family and future generations to see. I will maintain the privacy of those living.

The graphic above includes my Genealogy Analysis process in the boxes. I also have discussed my approach to decisios and analysis in my Genealogy Do Over.

See post links:

Welcome 2015 with Open Arms

Genealogy Do-Over Day 4: Update

And several others on my blog.

Today’s post will focus on the “Medley” part of Julie’s challenge.

The Book of Me Medley “A” is for Address Book

Address books of times past provide who is in your F.A.N. Club (Family, Associates and Neighbors.) I must admit upon recently reviewing my address books for Thomas MacEntee, of Geneabloggers fame,  #GenealogyDoOver, I forgot many of the names listed from my  New Jersey (20 & 30’s) address book.

I recently reviewed my address books, yes, I said books. I found my:

Red Hat Address Book (I remembered all in this book and found photos of most of them)

Teenage Address Book (I could easily remember them with the assistance of my school yearbooks)

My Address book when I lived in New Jersey (This was a challenge for me to remember everyone listed, more about why below)

My e-mail address book on 3 of my computers (I remembered the majority of co-workers and all my family and friends.)

The BIG question is why at the peak of my adult life (20-30 years of age) did I not remember my neighbors and associates? We all remember our family, they are hard to forget for many reasons.

I remembered all my co-workers and most of my neighbors listed in my address book until until was 26 years old. My husband remembered our college classmates better than I did, but the memories did return once jog.

So, what happened when I was twenty six? I gave birth to our second child in that year. The excitement of our first child, Tyna, was over shadowed by a difficult pregnancy resulting in bed rest for four months. Thankfully I had the assistance of my new friends helping me with care of our daughter. I say new friends because, in a two year time frame we moved away from my family in New Hampshire to New Jersey for my new husband, Michael’s new job at Bell Labs, I worked at my local obstetricians office 2 days a week and started a new job at the local hospital shortly before our first child was born, until I went on bed rest with the complicated pregnancy of our second child, Michael.

Here is the boring stuff and tidbit for future generations to ponder. Why was the pregnancy so difficult? It turns out that I have what is called a Bi-cuspid uterus. It is a uterus with two sides. How did we find this out? It was when I couldn’t naturally deliver my first child, Tyna, requiring a C-section (Cesarean section) to give birth. Tyna was a small baby at 5 pounds 1 ounce. She was born from the larger side of my uterus allowing her to be a full term delivery. It was on bed rest for the last month of my pregnancy with her.

Michael, it turns out was on the smaller side of my uterus. That meant once the uterus was filled it wanted to give birth. Michael was not developmentally ready to be delivered. We had many trips to the hospital for alcohol IV’s, Inter-venous therapy, to prevent his birth. The last month before birth they told me to just drink a bottle of Sangria in a half hour, it would help bring up my Blood count and give the same effect as the alcohol IV’s would in stopping the contractions. In the meantime my kidney (I only had one functioning kidney since the age of 13 years of age) decided it was not going to work. My blood pressure was off the charts, I was gaining weight, puffing up like a balloon, went into gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) and finally it stopped working all together, resulting in my going into the hospital to deliver Michael 5 weeks early. All the risks were given to us the major decisions were my life, the baby’s life and hopefully both our lives would be saved. My husband and I both agreed that the baby’s life should be the one to save.  Michael was born at 2 pounds 1 ounce, baptized in the hospital and Helicoptered out within two hours of birth to the local NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) in Newark, New Jersey.  I will not go in depth what he had to go through during his hospital stay and for years to come, other than to say, he was one of the LUCKY ONES, he survived and was discharged within one month of birth. Okay, we BOTH SURVIVED. We both were the Lucky ones. We had many things in our favor; one was to become, the caregiver of my neighbors two boys after school. She was one of the NCIC nurses, checking on us daily when she picked up her sons; Two, I was a nurse; three my son was taking the mother’s milk every two hours with much difficulty; four my boss was a doctor and five my family came down to help us move into a larger apartment. Thanks to my sister, Ellie, my Aunt Eleanor and my cousin Lilly the transition to the new apartment before bringing home our son was made easier.

Why couldn’t I remember my neighbors and associates? The next two years were spent between doctors’ offices, hospital stays, and constant evaluation of Michael’s development. We moved again to a duplex from an apartment that was in walking distance to Tyna’s Bi-lingual Kindergarten, closer to my work at the local hospital and a large yard for the children to play in.

That meant in Three years’ time we moved three times, had two children, the stress of a high risk child and another new job for me. My new job hours (11 pm to 7 am,) allowed either my husband or myself to be home with the children. Two years later, my husband was transferred the Bells Labs facility in Andover, Massachusetts. He left immediately to start his new job. We found a duplex in Derry, New Hampshire, a town I visited frequently in my youth; I felt like I was going home to family again. My parents and siblings lived in surrounding towns. I went back to New Jersey with our two children to close our apartment. We had two weeks before school started. I wanted Tyna not to miss any time at her new school. The last challenge was not being able to live in our new home until after Labor Day weekend, when the furniture would be delivered. The children thought living in a hotel for four days with a pool was fun.

In five years’ time I moved away from my family, shortly after marrying my husband Michael, to an unknown area, no family, no friends, had two high risk pregnancies, two jobs and moved four times. Is it any wonder I can’t remember many of those who connected with me during that time? I have flashbacks of faces, not always names, and places I have been, but until I settled down in Derry, New Hampshire, near family with the feeling of finding home again, did I start to have a better recollection of who my F.A.N. Club included.

FYI: That high risk NCIU infant just retired from the Air Force. Thank you Michael Joseph Butka for serving our country. You did us proud.

A is for Address Book
A is for Address Book: Savoring Life in my  Mid-Twenties



1. Butka, June (Stearns), Merrimack, New Hampshire. Interview by June Stearns Butka, 3 April 2015, transcript, Privately held by June Stearns Butka, Address for private use, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

2. Stearns-Butka Family Collection, Privately held by June Stearns Butka, Address for Private use, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, 2015

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#Wk5GenealogyDoOverBlog: Building a Research Toolbox

Genealogy Toolbox additions
Genealogy Toolbox additions

Week five of my Genealogy Do-Over was a slow one for me. Life decided to invade on my research time. That is okay. Thomas MacEntee reminds us that the do-over is to proceed at our own pace.

I have continued to add to my Genealogy Toolkit, both, online and with books. The photo above shows some of the new tools I have added. I’m excited to utilize the Google Earth to create video tours of where my ancestors lived. I know the younger children in the family will enjoy learning this way.

My IPad will be more efficient when I return to my research trips around the state. I will be link with my home computer and not have to take time to upload the information a second time.

Applied Genealogy book is not a new tool. It is a reminder to me to not forget what books I already have available on my bookshelf. Town Histories, history books in general and some published genealogies will aid in creating a full picture of my ancestors lives.

My online research is growing daily. I add website links to my new Excel research log.

The research log is still a challenge for me. I am learning how to add a column, add a line along with keeping track where I have researched the time, date and transcriptions. It is a slow process. I am improving with each use of the log.

I have been using the research log to do list to keep track of those BSO’s (Bright Shinny Objects) that keep tempting me. I add the link or a note to the “TO Do List” keeping myself on track.

Citations this week for me includes taking my handwritten source cards, from my previous research, entering them into the computer with the proper format. Yes, we are to put previous research aside. I feel by the sources are still valid for future inclusion of my ancestors.

I have completed (this will be ongoing as I find more information) my own basic profile with proper citation of birth, marriage, nursing licenses, residences and photographs. All cited and named properly in my database Research log.

I will leave my research on the log until it is time to add them to the Genealogy program I will use. I currently use FTM2014. I have Legacy 8.0. I haven’t decided which I will use for my final option or if I will enter them into both.


Here are my 5 W’s and How

Who: Me, June Lee Stearns Butka and my ancestors

What: My life in review

Where is: Find the supporting documents

Where in: Cite the location of those documents

When: Past and current residences, occupations, life happenings

Why: For future generations and to document my life and my ancestors

How: Slowly, carefully, citing, documenting each step of my ancestral journey


My plan:

  1. Continue improving my skills
  2. Follow the GPS Standards (Genealogy Proof Standard)
  3. Update research goals as needed
  4. Prepare for family interviews
  5. Continue scanning records and photos
  6. Track all my research
  7. Conduct my research one person at a time
  8. Continue to build my Genealogy Toolbox
  9. Properly cite my sources


A Thomas MacEntee GeneaBlogger Community
A Thomas MacEntee GeneaBlogger Community


#Wk4GeneanolgyDoOverBlog: Managing Projects and Tasks, Tracking Searches



A Thomas MacEntee GeneaBlogger Community
A Thomas MacEntee GeneaBlogger Community


Week #4 Goals:

  1. Managing Projects and tasks
  2. Tracking Searches

You will see how I manage my time and projects as I review and update you on each week’s goals for the Do-Over.

Let’s start with an update of my Do-Over:

Week #1 went along easily enough setting aside previous research, preparing to research and establishing base practices and guidelines. It is an ongoing project.

I set aside an hour each day for paper filing. Once I have all my files where they should be, one hour will keep me up to date and on target. I was feeling overwhelmed at the amount of research that had not been filed, so I decided to dole it out into manageable size. It still allows me time to do my research, homework, spend time with family and friends, with maybe a little time for housework, if I so desire to spend my time that.

Anyone who is a genealogist or family historian must know that housework is always at the bottom of the list unless it is related to feeding, clean clothes and walking the dog, right?

My digital files are also an ongoing project with the new naming system. I decided as I need the file for my research- it will be renamed in a modified version of Diana Ritchie’s naming system. (STEARNS June b19XX birth certificate, STEARNS June B19XX marriage certificate, and so on.) It not only places all my records related to each person together, I can quickly see what file I haven’t added yet.  An easy way to track progress at a glance.

Preparation for research is always on going. I will make every effort not to follow BSO’s (Bright shinny objects.) When I find something in my reading or even on Facebook post, it is added to my ever growing “To Do List.”

I WILL NOT research when I am rushed, distractible or fatigued. This only leads to errors.

I WILL slow down in my research making sure I capture all the document, story, or photo has to offer.

I WILL learn new methods of tracking my research, new places to research and new tools will be added to my Genealogy Toolbox.

In regards to best practices I will continue to tweak and improve them.


I WILL follow my research plan:

  1. Find the person; write what I know; write I hypothesis I want to prove; identify the sources and my research strategy. Answer my Who, What, Where is, Where in, When, Why and How questions.
  2. Keeping in mind the GPS standards: a reasonably exhaustive search; complete and accurate citations of sources; analysis and correlate collected evidence; resolve any conflicting evidence and write a reasonable, coherent written conclusion.
  3. Follow the Thomas MacEntee’s 10 Golden rules of Genealogy: remember there is no easy button; research from a place of “I don’t know;” track my work and cite my sources; ask for help; I will start my research-no blank pages; think like my ancestor; share my information (I don’t own my ancestor); be nice-play well with others; remember to divide your information into required, important and optional.

The hardest one so far is sorting information into categories. I’m greedy. I want it all. I need to remember the purpose of why I am researching, that way I can add the facts but keep the “fluff” for later. The fluff is important when telling your family stories. It give your ancestor personality but it can distract you from your research. Document it, source it so you can go back later, add it to the “To do list” for later.


Week #2 Goals:

Setting my Research Goals were part of my preparation I mentioned in week one.

I conducted my self-interview.

See for my goals and my self-interview obituary.

Family interviews will be conducted when weather permits. I did send out a worksheet of questions that I will ask for them. Hopefully they will find photos and documents to back them up with. I have my portable scanner, IPad and worksheet with a written interview release form all set up in a packet for each family member I will interview.


Week #3 Goals:

Tracking research- I attended Thomas MacEntee’s Boot Camp on using an excel worksheet and citing our sources. In becoming proficient in the use of the Excel worksheet, I have watch the video multiple times. I also watch Dear Myrtle Wacky Wednesday Excel Worksheets video #1, #2 and #3.

Last week, I posted that learning the worksheet was easier using ourselves for importing the information. I hit a little roadblock when I tried to advance my learning but adding to the spreadsheet my own section. I froze myself out of my worksheet. I had to start again. Entering the information into the second worksheet did go faster, but I still not sure how comfortable I am with excel spreadsheets.

I will continue to use the spreadsheet and research log spreadsheet through the thirteen week Genealogy Do-Over. If by the end of that time I am not comfortable with them I will return do my word document type of documenting my research. The goal is to make research easy, cite all source, track your progress, follow GPS standards, answer the 5 W’s and how questions, follow your research plan and share with others.

Bottom line is what makes you most comfortable in adhering to them is the best plan for you. I have noticed that I did cite my sources, tracked my progress, and followed the GPS standards prior to the Do-Over. Yes, my citation are improving. I have slowed down in my research but I think it is more because of the learning curve than to not taking time to mine the records for all data.  I was documenting everything I saw on a document or in a photograph prior to the Do-over, just in a different manner.

Conducting research- I am learning new website and resources as to where to find my ancestors. Everyday there is something new to learn. I will grab every bit of information that people are willing to share. I will also share what I have learned with others.

I have mainly been researching my immediate family records. I have found little tidbits of memorabilia that have yields past residences, birth, marriage, death dates and brought back floods of images and memories I had forgotten about. Items found-recorded-sourced and tracked properly for future use by others.

Week #4 Goals: Managing projects and tasks; Tracking searches

Managing projects and tasks- I watched Thomas MacEntee’s video on project management. I have put his method of managing on my “to do list.” I am having enough of a struggle with the spreadsheets now without adding another one into the mix.

That doesn’t mean I am not tracking my project and tasks. I am scheduling a certain portion of each day and some times a day of the week for each task on my list.

Daily task include: upon waking take scheduled medication/vitamins, check bank accounts and e-mails for 30 minutes, check Facebook for 15 minutes,(Facebook and e-mails get checked again at lunch time and dinner time), take Ninja Buddy (my Italian Greyhound) out for a walk, feed us, take next round of medicine/vitamins, 15-30 minutes filing, repeat- meals, walk the dog throughout the day, before settling in for the night final e-mail and Facebook check, walk the dog, snuggle in for the night.

Sunday: Scanning documents and photo day-at least 1 hour at some point during the day (sometimes 3pm EST with Facebook group when home), Family and friends day.

Monday: clean the Bathroom, watch Monday’s with Myrt, plan research goals and task for the week. Work 1-4 hours on research of my husband’s line, read any homework chapters of current classes or Do-Over (1-2 hours,)

Tuesday: clean kitchen, research on my mother’s line 1-4 hours, read or watch video/webinars as needed for research/education goals, CARD NIGHT with the ladies (usually finish around midnight) I’m glad it is where I live so I don’t have to travel that late at night alone.

Wednesday: Laundry day while watching Legacy Family Tree Webinar at 2 PM EST, currently also watching Beginning Genealogy with Dear Myrtle at 12 Noon EST and Dear Myrtle’s Wacky Wednesday at 9 PM EST, Research 1-2 hours either side.

Thursday: clean bedroom, research Dad’s line 1-4 hours, grocery shopping, relaxing from the long days of Tuesday and Wednesday, and maybe starting my Blog post for this week.

Friday: prepare weekly meals in individual servings and freezing them for later use, this is my open research day depending on how I feel, what needs to be followed up on from the week’s previous research, CARD NIGHT with the ladies. Post my weekly Blog post.

Saturday: family day, open research day, or whatever I feel like day, Watch Genealogy Game night with Dear Myrtle 9 PM EST if awake and home.

Once warm weather returns and the roads are passable I will add research trips to my schedule during the week. Most of our local historical societies are closed during the winter months.

Tracking searches is an ongoing process. Currently using a handwritten log book and word document for the person I am researching. I have a word document for each person or subject I research. I’m starting to add them to the excel spreadsheet along with my other research. SLOW learning curve with the Excel spreadsheet continues.


Reading material for Blizzard Juno
Reading material for Blizzard Juno

This week we had a visitors on the East Coast call Blizzard Juno. Where I lived we were lucky not to lose power. I was prepared with emergency food, water and reading material by flashlight or battery operated lanterns. Our snow total in Merrimack, Hillsborough county, New Hampshire in the historic Reeds Ferry district was 22 inches of light, fluffy, crystalline snow. Easy to sweep and shovel as needed for Ninja Buddy’s walk.  I posted updates on my Facebook Pages June Stearns Butka and Where in the State is Mom.


Blizzard Juno visits
Blizzard Juno visits