OK, Time to Get Serious


Brown and Moore Genealogy

Both sides of my mother’s family, the Browns and the Moores, did extensive genealogical research on their respective lineages over the years; however, no one on either side was able to take the next step to organize and compile the information in a way that would make sense to future generations of the family. (Never mind making sense to future generations, much of it wouldn’t even be legible to them!)

In 2012, my mother, Katharine Gauffreau [Brown] decided to finish the task her family had started by organizing the information they had taken so much time and care to research into a book for the current members of our family, as well as future generations. Her additional contribution to the family history was to do the research necessary to place each generation into its historical context.

The Progenitors

The progenitor of the line of Browns from whom I am descended was John Brown. This particular John Brown was born around 1595 in London, England. He emigrated to New England in 1635. He and his wife Sarah Brown [Walker] (1618-1672) moved to Hampton, New Hampshire in 1639, where he died on February 27, 1686.

The progenitor of the line of Moores from whom I am descended was William James Moore, who was born in 1741 in Colraine, Ireland.  He emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1769 and subsequently bought a farm in Economy, where he died on June 14, 1820. He married Rebecca Nicholson (1753-1829) in 1772.

Sources for Brown and Moore Genealogy

My mother meticulously documented all of the sources she consulted when she wrote the history of her ancestors. When I began planning this blog, she asked me if I wanted her source documentation. Of course I said yes, merrily disregarding the fact that The Family Archives themselves were already taking up most of my small study.



I was surprised to discover just how extensive the documentation was, and I have begun to compile a bibliography. Each source will have its own post with Comments turned on so that others researching the Browns and the Moores will be able to comment on the usefulness of the source for their own research.

Great Expectations1

You can expect to see a new post every week with genealogy, family stories, or whatever ephemera from The Family Archives happens to strike my fancy.

As the materials in The Family Archives aren’t lending themselves easily to being organized in a logical chronological and relational way, I am categorizing each post I write. That way, if I find additional information on a person I’ve written about previously, I can add another post, and the category will allow for all of the posts about that person to be grouped together.

1On my part, that is.

2 thoughts on “OK, Time to Get Serious

  1. Great blog. Organizing genealogy records is difficult. Kudos to the responsibility you have taken. I am not as diligent as you but I took the same responsibility from my Dad. While researching the web to find a better way to organize, I discovered OneFamily ( http://onefami.ly ). This website not only allows you to make your family tree in an extremely easy way but you can also attach historical documents with ancestors. You can also write your family history and your own biography there. Everything is automatically shared with living members in your family tree.

    For me the biggest selling point was that all your hard work is also available to the yet unborn future generations. Future generations will have access to the archives that you organized when they sign-up on the website and attach themselves to the family tree.

    I hope OneFamily ( http://onefami.ly ) serves your purpose the way it served mine.

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    • Thank you for the suggestion, Roger! I’ve started building my family tree in MyHeritage, which seems to be similar to One Family. I haven’t yet made it visible to others until I have sources for the pre-19th century ancestors confirmed and documented.


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