Great Grandma Gilman’s Ginger Cookie Recipe

Great Grandma Clara Doty Gilman's recipe for ginger cookies. The recipe above is out of a family cookbook that Ella Gilman Jones' family put together. Ella was my grandmother's, Gladys Gilman Heselton's, younger sister. My dad and his cousin, Frank (Nina Gilman Morgan's son), remember sneaking some of these cookies from their grandmother's freezer at … Continue reading Great Grandma Gilman’s Ginger Cookie Recipe

Context: The Historical Currents that Moved Them … Maybe …

I drove over to Middletown Springs, Vermont on Sunday to a memorial gathering for my Dad's cousin, Corinne, who had passed away the previous Tuesday. The family in attendance all descended from the daughters of Leon Elstine and Clara Doty Gilman, my great grandparents. One of my Dad's cousins, Frank, is a lay preacher and … Continue reading Context: The Historical Currents that Moved Them … Maybe …

Interdisciplinarity and Perspectives

Stone wall bounding an old overgrown apple orchard at the Gilman Farm in Shrewsbury, VT One thing that I learned in grad school (thank you Goddard College!) is that interdisciplinarity underlies all successful research. Any topic can be looked at under the light of any discipline. Maybe that's too broad of a brush, but why … Continue reading Interdisciplinarity and Perspectives

Simon Eaton Gilman of Merideth

On 19 Jan 1803 Simon Eaton Gilman purchased "A Certain forty Acre Lott of land laying in Gilmanton," NH from Abel Dudley for the "Sum of Forty Dollars." The said lot's location was "number three in the Sixth Range Second Division."[1] Lot 3 is the block below the word "Wares" that includes the four houses. … Continue reading Simon Eaton Gilman of Merideth

Examining an ThruLines DNA Connection

As much as I consume true crime documentaries and podcasts, I know that DNA is proof beyond doubt that once upon a time a certain individual was in a certain place to commit a crime. In genealogy a DNA match means that once upon a time two individuals were in the same place to create … Continue reading Examining an ThruLines DNA Connection