Collecting More Ancestors

I’ve recently added to my ancestor numbers.  My family tree now has 21,181 people on the branches.  I’ve identified individuals as far back as the 13th century.  e.g. a 20th great grandmother born in 1285 in Selkirkshire Scotland – Isabella De Synton

My ethnicity reported in an earlier blog has now been altered slightly – has Ancestry devised new and different tests on the saliva sample I sent several years ago?  So now instead of having Norwegians in my past,  I am told they lived in Sweden.  So why did I attend Norwegian language classes?  All along I should have been studying Swedish.   My teacher has sent condolences re this new information.  Well at least I’m still in Scandinavia.


A Memorable Day – July 4 1978

On July 4, 1978 our family was granted membership in the American Club, Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh.  A bumper day.  Membership in the American Club opened up our world in Dhaka.  It was such a significant venue  for making new friends, the opportunity to play tennis and squash, a place to dine out, a place to swim in an outdoor pool, a place to celebrate special holidays, etc.  Open that gate and in we tumbled – and spent the next 4 1/2 years.

Cat on Watch

Cat (and dog) on watch

This is a postcard from my postcard collection.  I can’t make out the postmark but it looks like it was written in Pittsburg in 1908.  The writer was leaving the next day for Columbus.  She? and her companions were having a very nice time.  (A typical message on a postcard)    So they were in Pennsylvania and returning or going to Ohio.  It was sent to someone a man or boy (a grandson?) in Hammond Indiana.

Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

Born On The 4th Of July

My grandfather born July 4, 1874


Alfred William Friend  born July 4, 1874  died August 4, 1957

The baby pictured above is my mother, born April 7, 1912.   holding her is her father Alfred William Friend.  He was age 38 and already the father of twin daughters born 1907, a year after he married May Belle Willis   They married twice in October 1906, a marriage in Boston and a marriage in Minneapolis.  Red tape when you move and get married at the same time.

More Family Photos


A young dad – my grandfather Alfred W. Friend with his 3rd daughter Dorothy, a newborn in April 1912



3 daughters, Elizabeth, Alice, and Dorothy.    With their father in Omaha.  1920 approx.



Dorothy and Elizabeth taking photos on tour in England, summer 1932



My mother Dorothy, Auntie,, Aunt Libby, hunt Alice

Me Janet, Kitty, Betsy, Bill, Bobby



  Grandma Friend as a young mother in Minneapolis Minnesota.  She is holding me as a newborn and one of the twins is standing beside us.   1912




My grandfather and his sister (Auntie) outside our house in Belmont Mass   1951

Auntie died in 1952 at age 78    Grandpa died in 1957, at age 83

Some Favorite Dogs

2019_01_17_10_13_04.pdf000Grover – our Fiji hound.    A very loving dog.  He used to sit on the sea wall and wait for the boys to come home from school (Suva Primary) on the school bus.  He jumped for joy when they appeared – I think it was the highlight of his day.

We got this dog from the pound.  He was very frightened and shy to begin with but he soon proved to be a treasure.