Personal Website of Roland Rhoades
Genealogist, Historian, and Time Traveler
Specializing in Maine Families
Gorham Maine -
29 December 2011
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Roland's 2011 Holiday
Sections included for my Maternal cousins,
Paternal cousins, Leavitt cousins, Genealogy friends, Facebook friends,
Political friends, Fuller Brush friends, etc.
Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, and Happy
New Year to all.
2011 was a very good year
for me, though there were probably some bad things too, but I prefer not to
remember those. My parents gave up their Florida home in January. Luckily
they came to that decision themselves, that they were no longer able to drive,
keep track of meds and all the responsibilities there. Thanks to my sister Nancy
in NH who moved them in with her; she has the patience and training needed, and
they are happy there. Cyndy and I went to a Tom Rush concert and now Cyndy wants
to go to his next one in this area. We'll go to Florida sometime this winter.
To my Maternal Cousins and LEAVITT Cousins:
Had some good finds this year. My third cousin Larry Shultz
found me online and filled in a missing Leavitt branch - the descendants of my
great grandfather's brother - thanks also to his mother Christina Leavitt.
I also met for the first time my second cousin Shirley Breznyak and her mother Dorothy Leavitt
tons of old family photos. I am in the process of scanning them to put on my
personal Leavitt webpage. I am also
gathering more complete genealogies of my other families that pertain to some of
my maternal cousins and gradually making contact with more cousins who find my
website: MORGRIDGE, WALLS, STINNEFORD, SAFFORD. Click on my genealogy
index page above for the links. I am also adding photos of people and
gravestones as I find time - if you have photos, please scan and email to me.
I never did find time to go back to my Leavitt hometown of Cambridge Maine this
year, but did get to Dexter to check cemeteries. I need to finish posting
Cambridge gravestone photos soon.
To my Paternal Cousins:
I made contact with many BOUDWAY cousins this year and
expanded my collection of all descendants of Francis BOARDWAY who settled in
Orono Maine in 1852. Enough so, that I have created a couple exclusive Boudway
webpages with photos. Also working on expanding my
FLAGG, RHOADES, BRIGGS, FRENCH, and HALLOWELL families. If you have photos
please scan and email to me. Thanks. See my Benton
Maine cemetery photos of my Reynolds/Simpson ancestors for a really mystical
experience I had.
To all my Genealogy friends and cousins
I made the time to compile some of my Royal lineages that you
can use if they also pertain to you. I attended a number of genealogy
conferences this year, including the Mayflower Convention in September. All very
interesting and educational.
To my LEAVITT cousins:
Our 2011 Leavitt Reunion in Turner Maine was lots of fun. As
Association Genealogist, I created a Leavitt webpage,
and am creating webpages for Leavitt gravestones. I also research all the
Leavitt branches and will gladly check my records for free if you have
questions. I continue working on documenting and adding to our Moses, Thomas,
and Israel Leavitt gedcoms.
I passed the traumatic 60-year mark this year. I well
remember "Don't trust anyone over 30". Now I'm twice that. I don't feel any
different, but I did get some bad news from my doctor. I have a terminal disease
and will likely die of it, old age, within 30 years.
My website homepage (index link above) has a photo of our old
family home in Collinsport Maine. Made some reconnections on Facebook with many
old Collins family members, including Barnabas and Angelique.
To my Fuller Brush friends, customers, and
Another good year of not participating in the bad economy
myth. It is a myth when you are self-employed and in charge of your own destiny.
Going beyond what is required continues to pay off, as I and my team of hundreds
of distributors nationwide work together building and supporting our own
training website sharing success stories that makes my team grow much faster
than the rest of Fuller. To top it off, Fuller Brush announced in December that
it was slashing prices for 2012, and adding former competitor Stanley Home
products to our catalogs, and continuing to let new people join for free.
Details for buying or selling are in the ad below.
To my Political friends:
I used to maintain political pages on my website, but if I
continued, I'd never find time for anything. Besides it is too frustrating, and
I'd pull all my hair out. I post my opinions on Facebook. I have bad-mouthed
President Obama for inaction and cow-towing to Republicans who have no interest in
compromising, but I am satisfied that he is finally getting some gumption, and I
will be supporting him whole-heartedly. Especially when the other side shows
more and more clearly that they are in the pockets of the 1% richest and will
bankrupt America before asking them to pay their share, especially with the
year-end debacle, refusing to help regular people until these so-called "no
spending" Republicans get their earmark for an oil pipeline! That can be settled
anytime, but it can't be discussed within the urgent time-limit of this tax-cut
extension for the 99% of people. I can't imagine the reasoning of so many people
being duped into fighting against their own self-interests. I have some "We are the 99%" vinyl bumper
stickers - free as long as I don't have to mail them.
I continue having more to
do than hours in the day, but I continue whittling on my to-do list of things to
do and people to contact. For 2012, I shall remain a
hopelessly addicted genealogist, and I hope more of you will be also.
Happy New Year,
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