08/09/2020 -- The 250th of the U.S. Revolution is coming up about the same time as we think about Conant's move from Cape Ann to Naumkeag. On looking at generations, it was the Fifth Generation who bore the brunt of this ordeal, with some help from the Fourth. Those who first enjoyed the fruits of the new country were the Seventh Generation, one might say. We will always be looking at origins and motivations. Too, some recent work has us looking closely at the population movements after the country was born. We can use the Cumberland Passes for a focus with the intent to fully appreciate the hardships overcome.
07/11/2020 -- Notice that there have not been many updates. Not from inactivity. Rather, busy learning how to go to the future, motivated by lots of happenings of late. Now, we're getting our sea-legs (hopefully) and will be more active in supporting TGS, Inc. Example: American Ancestor database, Deeper dive, and a lot more.
06/11/2020 -- Back to DNA II, as a Gardner project weighs in. Memorial Day came and went, as we were barely out of lockup. The 4th of July is right around the corner. Will there be an early resurgence?05/30/2020 -- The theme now will be related to going forward. Fortunately, the experience of the past two months is full of potential modes of study which could be truly interdisciplinary. We now have a good handle on issues related to proof of heritage albeit with a broader view of what that means. The little crew in Cape Ann represented only a minority of the populace of the time, however, in the large, we can cover the whole of the planet, step by step. So, we will have some focus on particulars, however the whole of the picture related to the experiment of the U.S. in relation to the world will be more major. This type of research is one of our goals, that is, defining such and supporting the necessary efforts, along with providing means for regular reporting, discussion, and ongoing analysis using technology smartly.
05/04/2020 -- We are almost done with the sixth week of the shelter-in-place event which was more like stay-at-home (except for essential reasons) and felt like a lock down. But, the downtime afforded opportunities to do a lot of pending tasks which normally get pushed down by things of 'higher' priority. Part of the time was getting more familiar with the issues of genealogist/registrar duties and tasks from a hands-on mode. Of course, the lessons learned will be put to use with the TGS, Inc. Recent overview: Vanity genealogy. You know, about all disciplines have some type of biographical look at the parties. In terms of the Magna Carta, on Wikipedia, we added in links so that someone could trace families (related to the Sureties, etc.) through the generations. In the TGS, Inc. case, we are interested in the 'American experience' as seen from a perspective that stressed the contributions of New England (both of the north and the south). BTW, we're back to work with respect to the future of the TGS, Inc.
03/13/2020 -- Looking forward to supporting Essex County and The Commonwealth as the 400ths start and continue to roll for decades.
03/03/2020 -- Working on Volume V, Number 1 of The Gardner Annals. We have sufficient material now to re-edit into a format suitable for publication as reference.
02/25/2020 -- Took off the old 'under renovation' sign as we will introduce changes in a controlled mode without interruption. Looking at the burial of Jonathan Wilson who is a great-grandfather of Dr. Frank. Jonathan and his wife, Prudence Goldthwait, are buried at the Howard Street Burial Ground.
02/12/2020 -- We will look at the families of Cape Ann. Frances Rose-Troup handled the busyness side of things for us. We also like to look at places: Gardner, IL.
02/02/2020 -- As we move toward the Cape Ann (1623/24) and Salem (1626/27/28) look backs related to the starts, think of 400 years. However, we also will pass the 250th of the American Revolution. Those ought to go hand in hand. Then, one might expand that view and include the 300th, 200th, and 100th anniversaries. We have looked at all of these from time to time and will take a closer look: American 100s.
01/17/2020 -- Several blogs about the theme of the future: Presence and such, Gardner's Gate, and Houses are homes. Plus, research continues: Margaret's family and First five.
01/01/2020 -- Vol IX, No 3 of Gardner's Beacon (post) was released recently. The issue summarizes the year's activity and includes some focus on our ten years of work. Future plans are considered.
12/31/2019 -- Index of posts, decade of work: 2018,17,16; 2015,14,13; 2012,11,10.
12/29/2019 -- Thomas Gardner died on this day in 1674. We're coming up on our 10th year of work. Looking forward to the next decade. Lots to do. For example, get a new look for our Research page.
12/17/2019 -- Silence at the Research page does not indicate inactivity. See Git'Hub (Portal to truth) for several modes of work that we have been doing.
11/26/2019 -- Happy Thanksgiving. The 1st one was in Virginia: First Thanksgiving. This was before the Mayflower crew and passengers showed up. Salem is weighing in by starting an annual affair: Salem Ancestry Week. Since we are coming up on the end of 2019, we're reviewing everywhere. We'll continue to blog. We'll have a TGA issue soon. Too, we'll meet next year in New England. Lots more. Stay tuned.
11/11/2019 -- Updated FindAGrave to point to Greenlawn. Dr. Frank is buried in the Gardner/Bennett plot that had its first burial in 1880 and its last one recently. Too, have two obituaries of Dr. Frank. Will be updating his material further as we are hearing from other researche
10/28/2019 -- Making progress with our improvements, including restructure: Support for TGS, Inc.
10/28/2019 -- Making progress with our improvements, including restructure: Support for TGS, Inc.
10/21/2019 -- The Thomas Gardner Profile (and that of Margaret Frier) on WikiTree will be updated with respect to origins and departures. This does not mean that the research need has gone or that the subject has been closed. We will continue our work in this and other related areas.
10/08/2019 -- Sidney figured out that the hangings in 1692 had been on a ledge to the side of Gallows Hill. However, the hill, itself, is part of a sweep of higher elevations that included Gardner's Hill (taken down, with the graves) and Ledge Hill which is southeast of Harmony Grove Cemetery. See this post (Gallows Hills) for a 1818 painting from the hill showing, somewhat, what Thomas would have seen. Two hundreds years, earlier, of course. He could see the water, just like he said. We'll map this out with a few more tidbits settled.
09/30/2019 -- We're planning for, and putting together, the next issue of The Gardner Annals (Vol. V, No. 1). We will add sections related to on-going themes: art, tech, and biz. Research continues unabated with a long list of topics needing attention. As an aside, there will be media of various sorts brought to bear. We are using WikiTree to document Dr. Frank's tree. That is an example of good computer usage. As we get trees established, sourced, and verified, we will be able to do lots of studies, including fill in pieces for people who might relate to those ones being studied. Or, we might consider just general mappings. An example is this little study of the relationship twixt Boris and Edward III. Work gets done when there is something to study, interested people, and funds. Sidney Perley commented on this when he noted that he did 95% or more of the work that went into the Salem Antiquity. Perhaps, the computer and tools thereof can make things more palatable to those who research.
09/14/2019 -- This year, Charter Street Cemetery will not be open during the Halloween season. We lost Gardner's Hill where the burial plot was located. However, in the Charter Street Cemetery, there is an 'implicit' Gardner Annex, mentioned several times by Dr. Frank. We'll look into that further and add the other cemeteries in Salem (Essex country?) on the list. Dr.Frank is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, so we already had that in view.
08/30/2019 -- This month, we have taken a brief look at Seeth (Gardner) Conant Grafton, the in-laws of Samuel (through his wife's mother's marriage to George Corwin), the blog Streets of Salem to which we have made comments, and followed up on a photo that was in 'Images of Yore' (a Facebook group). The person in the photo turned out to be Thomas Needham Gardner who is a great-uncle of Dr. Frank. Some time was spent GitHub'ing along.
07/04/2019 -- Vol IX, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue continues our review over the past ten years which leads to renovation of our processes and sites and discusses some future activities. The 400th is coming up. Thomas deserves a monument? Other questions abound.
06/24/2019 -- Until further notice, we will be re-constructing the site, somewhat, in order to get ourselves set for new functions. We will use 'biz' for busyness activity; our technology blog is being moved under 'tech' (both of these at our Portal to truth). This initial effort will not take long. A more involved restructure will occur from time to time as we adjust to technology decisions. Some errors might be handled by the '404 message.' Please excuse us while we make improvements.
06/23/2019 -- Researched Lt. Benjamin West who was killed at Bunker Hill. Added entries from Chronicles of Old Salem into our text scroll at our Portal to truth. While researching Sidney's Antiquarian work, noted that he had a reason to discontinue the activity. We did get his History of Salem as a consequence.
06/01/2019 -- Before Memorial Day, did some work on WikiTree to support linking a grave in Saugus, MA of a Civil War veteran with records of his family. FindAGrave has a huge lapse in getting updates done. We're starting doing technical work related to non-profit business. We'll use our DevLog to comment on the process. Happy to note that we got more links for his in-laws in place to via his wife. We will look at Walter Ingalls (of Scotland) himself at some point. -- Caveat -- Just noticed a typo on DevLog. Per normal, balancing lots of things with the proviso that content outweighs configuration and niceties. The process is to fix up with a post-push edit or two. BTW, anyone wanting to know more about the details of the web (as handled by Linux, databases, html/css/js (and Python) and more) ought to pay attention. We are building from a minimal basis to have a future site that will persist through time.
05/17/2019 -- We're diving into Sidney's The Essex Antiquarian. As we do, we'll pay attention to m maps (How close is close II?) and his transcribed text of records. Example of that is reading about land transactions, such as the area around Massey's Cove.
05/01/2019 -- The plate does not show Gardner Hill but the view away from it in one direction. There was a bridge in the scene (Dr. Frank used Gardner's bridge) that had several names. It was over North River which had several names, too. On searching, several images and articles have shown up including a recent effort called the South Danvers Observer which has historical information (directory of the issues) that we can use. The latest search results have allowed us to identify the direction of the view plus some historical details.
04/26/2019 -- Planning for the 400th for Gloucester (Cape Ann) has kicked off. As an example of digging deeper, a researcher from France is following General Lafayette's return trip in detail. And, we saw the copy of the 1907 book by Dr. Frank that was dedicated to his father, Stephen Wilson Gardner. There is a plate, early in the book, that shows Gardner Hill. We will analyze this more, but the painting that is reproduced in the plate was done in 1826. That would have been after the sale by a descendant of Samuel; also, it was after grave stones had already been moved.
04/17/2019 -- So far this month, 170 images on the index, from the portal and here. Also, we're looking at the History of New England and starting with the 1st year of Thomas and Margaret in New England. We will be stepping through this family history from the beginning.
03/27/2019 -- At the time of the start of New England, there was general turmoil on the planet, later named the "General Crisis" by a 20th Century scholar; too, we will be looking closely at collateral families, as we mentioned early on. We were contacted by a great-grandson of Dr. Frank.
03/26/2019 -- Added text to our portal (to truth) that was printed in The Gardner Annals, Volume I, Number 1. The first group went from 1592 to 1674 which is Thomas' life span. And, the topics relate to New England's start. There are two other groups dealing with before Thomas' arrival and after Thomas' death to the present time.
03/07/2019 -- Reminder. This table provides a comparison of the persons in the books of Dr. Frank A. Gardner. All persons are marked with their number. The table resulted from a free evening where I had both books in hand. It is a brief sketch that will be reformatted as we work the process for descendant identification and verification. It is obvious from this comparison that Dr. Frank covered his line as much as he could in 1907 and added in those lines that he could contact, get information from, and verify. Later, the 1933 book looked a little further at George's line.We want to fill this in further. Up to 1900, say. Too, we want to start some biographies of current descendants or some ancestors that a two or three generations back.
02/21/2019 -- Vol IX, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue looks at the past ten years and its milestones, discusses some future activities, and asks the question: Where is Thomas? Which question will be researched, and reported, until we feel that all aspects of the issue have been lifted to awareness. Future researchers are a huge motivational factor.
01/31/2019 -- Recently, we added search to our sites (TGSoc.org, ThomasGardnerSociety.org). Also, added the same on to the blog so that we can build an index. The default search brought back the whole post. Now, we'll have snippets with highlighted text. All of these are without 'ads' due to our non-profit status. For all of our posts, we want to embed a graphic that can serve as thumbnail or index indicator.
01/23/2019 -- In our steps toward more functionality, turned on SSL: https://www.tgsoc.org/. Will be checking that all pages are encrypted on the sites.
01/21/2019 -- If you look at Content Management or CMS at the truthengineering blog or the one for the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. (CMS or Configuration), you will see lots of posts related to those themes. We can use our new site to we prove our work in this regard: TGSoc.org. Its role is (will be) portal but, for now, we introduce changes there, first. See the Discussion page with a link to our devlog. Based upon the direction I hear that Google is going (based up the Nov. 2018 developers' conference), working the approach that we have taken for our portal is right on. So, technical will be visible rather than not, as it ought to be, really.
12/14/2018 -- Vol VIII, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue looks at 2018 activities and accomplishments plus some on-going and future research.
12/06/2018 -- Several things: New Twist, Gardiner, OR, Summaries, and Rev John White. All of these imply work which is stacking up. More on the workload next year.
11/16/2018 -- Social media at wind speed. Researching H.D. Gardiner and his barque that wrecked has been an interesting bit of work. The barque was noted to have been in the South Pacific in the spring of 1850. It wrecked in Oregon in October of 1850. So, gathering more information. One was a report given by the barque Bostonian's crew at San Francisco when it returned that named other ships seen. The crews kept records of their sightings and reported when in port, if they could. Of one little sample, two of the ships wrecked. Another was sold at auction in San Francisco. Did the crew abandon ship to pursue the dream of a gold strike? Social media? Yes, we could map these joint sights and have an interesting world map. Light speed social media rushes madly about, to its current point of being more problem than solution.
10/24/2018 -- We are going through the next step in our evolution: CMS and more. In 2012, we moved from MS OfficeLive to Web Hosting Hub, basically due to its Linux basis. However, too, we described the issues related to various views being important, such as content being more important than configuration (the old anti-McLuhan bit).
10/11/2018 -- If you look at the TGS site, you'll see a start of an index using images. The first one goes to the Welcome post from 2010. While doing these, I have been looking at updates that need to be done, such as the additional information about the marriage of Thomas and Margaret. Too, I see that we need to look more closely at Rev. Hubbard and his work. He mentioned Thomas. One has to think of what we would know without that first attempt (he wrote in the 1600s, finished his manuscript in the 1670s).
09/24/2018 -- Notice the improved image handler on the main page of TGSInc, TGSoc, and Publications.
09/23/2018 -- Recently the Profile for Thomas Gardner on WikiTree changed to only have the two wives. This was due to research and discussion to which Gardner Research contributed. Earlier, there was a post that summarized the issue and accomplishment: Margaret, anew. Thanks are extended to all who made this update possible. The Profile is managed by the Puritan Great Migration Project sponsored by the NEHGS, publisher of the Great Migration books.
09/22/2018 -- Updating the Publication page to point to "Comment and Criticism" to handle discussion of content and errors related to publishing and printing The Gardner Annals. We will continue use "Afterthoughts & Modifications" for Gardner's Beacon.
09/15/2018 -- Dr. Frank and WikiTree.
08/17/2018 -- The 2nd wife of H.D. Gardiner, owner of the barque Bostonian that wrecked off of Oregon in 1850, was Caroline B. Turner (see note this day at this post) of Maine and not Caroline C. Turner of Nantucket.
07/30/2018 -- Our theme: Culture/History/Technology. We'll take some inspiration from the work of people running the commemorative group for Jedediah Strong Smith (original mountain man, out west from New England).
07/14/2018 -- It is time to look at Whence, again; I have been getting familiar with the area of southwest England. The Dorchester writeup that was in the Rev. John White page moved from ancestry. Here it is: https://dorsetcountymuseum.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/the-founding-of-dorchester-massachusetts-and-the-rev-john-white/. Notice, Elizabeth has no son, Thomas, however it says that her husband came over and returned.
06/28/2018 -- Going forward, our topics of interest: culture, history, and genealogy. Too, the TGA, Vols III and IV, print is in the works. And, we will be organizing to be a persistent source of information. We updated the front page, today. As well, we will be working on TGSoc.org.
06/18/2018 -- TGA, Vol. III and IV, with GB IV through VII, will print soon (color or black/white) - same format, as before: Print - TGA I, II and GB I, II, III.
06/18/2018 -- The Gardner Annals, Volume IV, Number 1, published. Contents: The Massachusetts Magazine, updating an article in the Essex Genealogist, Gardner and the Tudors, and Pending Research: Pseudo-wall, The Atlantic, Nathaniel Eaton. 06/06/2018 -- Vol VIII, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue reports on our research and publication efforts. 05/23/2018 -- Hand-written chart of Dr. Frank's parentage. Will do an ahnentafel for his mother's side of the family.
03/04/2018 -- Western Kansas, followed by Boston, were Ground Zero for the Spanish Flu pandemic
01/20/2018 -- The last month and issue of The Massachusetts Magazine (Vol XI) was in January of 1918. 100 years ago, this month.
11/30/2017 --Vol VII, No 2 of Gardner's Beacon post available. The issue reports on our research and publication efforts.
10/26/2017 -- Print of Vols I, II TGA; Vols I, II, III GB is available for ordering.
10/11/2017 -- Working on our 1st printing: Vols I, II TGA; Vols I, II, III GB.
09/04/2017 -- Research in progress for the next issue of The Gardner Annals. Also, mentions in the 2017 Summer issue of the NEHGR.
08/09/2017 -- Read about Dr. Frank's friends (Col Thomas W. Higginson, et al) plus Count Rumford.
06/25/2017 -- Vol VII, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue reports on The Old Planters Society and contributors to The Massachusetts Magazine.
06/23/2017 -- Gardner Research work cited in The American Genealogist. Expect more discussion about Nathaniel Eaton in the near future.
06/19/2017 -- F.B. Sanborn, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Judge Francis M. Thompson
05/25/2017 -- Put in the Gardner pedigree (PDF - ahnentafel) for Dr. Frank and his sister, Lucie M.
04/24/2017 -- Added page for The Massachusetts Magazine. The Gardner Annals will publish the Table of Contents for Volumes VI through XI.
04/20/2017 -- We will be restructuring our website, using TGSoc.org.
04/05/2017 -- Recent posts: On Nathaniel Eaton; Review, Overview. TGA, Vol IV, No. 1 is in preparation. Also, here is the reprint for Bosworth and Gardners.
03/19/2017 -- Update: Technology's impact.
03/18/2017 -- We will be doing threads (full perspective) from then to now in order to foster discussions about what is the American dream. Rev. John Wise is not a bad place to start. Also, preparing reprints from the current The Gardner Annals: The Massachusetts Magazine, Magna Carta (800th Anniversary), Flyover country, ...
01/15/2017 -- Updating support tools. Pondering site configurations. ...
12/07/2016 -- The Gardner Annals, Vol. III, No. 1.
12/05/2016 -- Gardner's Beacon, Vol VI, No 2.
11/29/2016 -- Trying out Pinterest.
11/23/2016 -- R.A. Douglas-Lithgow, MD, LLD was a contributor to Dr. Franks's periodical, The Massachusetts Magazine.
11/02/2016 -- Lawrence, KS as representative of western issues.
09/10/2016 -- Extremely low tide uncovers millstone at site of early Gardner mill.
07/16/2016 -- Working with David T. Gardner on the Gardiners of London. See 06/17/2016 What's new for links to material related to Bosworth and the Gardners.
06/18/2016 -- Gardner's Beacon, Vol. VI, No. 1.
06/17/2016 -- Bosworth and more, DNA and Genealogy, Admissibility (as in, scientific evidence into the court room), and more.
04/14/2016 -- Cape Ann, Retrospective.
03/30/2016 -- Reminder - we post on FB, regularly. For one family, we traced a thread, from the one original entrant, to the present time via the "findagrave" links. There were graves following the trails of western migration in the U.S.
01/28/2016 -- We will include maintenance of pages on findagrave on our regular todo list. Dr. Frank is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, MA.
12/17/2015 -- The Gardner Annals, Vol. II, No. 2.
12/09/2015 -- Gardner's Beacon, Vol. V, No. 2 and Cape Ann, 1623.
11/01/2015 -- Put in a page for Whence and other Questions.
10/09/2015 -- Quora plus.
09/10/2015 -- Influence of New England culture on history, in the context of Quora.
08/14/2015 -- Saw a modification to the numbers chart being used, recently.
08/11/2015 -- We look at Gardner, KS (we have covered ME, OR, and now KS).
07/14/2015 -- Correction in TEG v34, for article in TEG v20, with regard to John Graves and his mother, Elizabeth Sayward, and spouse, Abigail W. Hodgkins. See ahnentafel for Susan. C. Graves.
07/12/2015 -- New project, origins being Sherborne, Dorset. We mention abductive approaches (my career was spent in advanced computing - software and modelling, essentially). Please refer, at least, to C.S. Peirce's (we mentioned him in an earlier post - Benjamin Peirce) work in the area.
06/23/2015 -- We will look at Rachel Gardner Nobel as a possible sister of Thomas.
05/21/2105 -- We will feature Dr. Frank (the Gardner author) in our research. For now, we have the ahnentafels (fully sourced) for his paternal grandparents.
05/19/2015 -- TEG, Vol. 35, No. 2, Pg. 31: Henry D. Gardiner (and Gardiner, OR) A marker sits beside U.S. 101 in Gardiner, OR. The marker mentions that, at that spot on the Umpqua River, there had been a shipwreck in 1850. The town got its start, thereby. Cargo and the ship were salvaged and used for early buildings. The ship was owned by a Boston merchant, name of Mr. Gardiner. The marker provides other facts about the area. In 2014, Gardner Research received a query: who was Mr. Gardiner and what do we know about him? The article addresses that query.
05/15/2015 -- Vol V, No 1 of Gardner's Beacon (post) available. The issue summarizes activity to date for the Society and looks to the future.
05/07/2015 -- "About us" updated.
04/21/2015 -- Site is mobile-friendly, according to a Google bot.
04/03/2015 -- The question of Richard III and a Gardner ancestor has been added to the FAQ.
03/12/2015 -- See images (pages 1-7) of Dr. Frank's 1933 book (Gardners and Gardners).
03/11/2015 -- Put in Gardner Questions of which the FAQ will be a subset. Added question to FAQ: are Thomas Gardner of Salem and Thomas Gardner of Roxbury related?
03/09/2015 -- On sails, and New England. See Recent finds, this date.
03/03/2015 -- Update of Gardner Research page and start of a FAQ.
02/27/2015 -- TEG, Vol. 35, No, 1.
02/02/2015 -- Reviewed pre-release copy of TEG (February 2015 issue) article on Benjamin Brown Gardner which provides the line from Dr. Frank A. to Nathaniel Eaton. One source was Henry Howland Crapo's Certain Comeoverers Vol. II (1912) who is a Nathaniel descendant, too.
12/23/2014 -- Gardner Research featured on the Alice Freeman Thompson Parke site, in particular, the ahnentafel for Susan Charlotte Graves Gardner (descendant of Thomas Gardner of Roxbury).