Life Gets in the Way

The hardest part of telling the stories of dead people is that it requires a living person to do it.  But sometimes life gets in the way, and that is what is going on with me right now. In fact, I had a plan way back in November, and I was well on the way to have it in place and moving smoothly by 2018. Then life happened.

I have a lot to tell you, and it won’t take much time to tell that part of my story, but I just can’t fit it into my schedule for a few days. Please bear with me until I can get everything compartmentalized and reorganized.

notfoundWhile some of this might have to do with procrastination (i’m good at that), most of it has to do with unexpected communication from my readers and just life in general. I’ll tell all; don’t worry. But before I go today, I really want to give a shout out to my three groups of readers, plus two individuals, that are helping pave the way for new and exciting changes for the new year:

  • Descendants of William Dolby Skeen and his two wives: Carolyn Smart Smith and Mary Davis. Theirs is the story that started it all, and I have not forgotten them by any means.
  • Descendants of Johannes (John) Kwiatkowski from Olean New York. Without your support and encouragement, I would not be contemplating a big step. An extra special thanks goes to my new-found cousin, Chuck, who’s caught the passion for telling the story that deserves to be told.
  • Ruth Contreras and the people of Bucklige Welt. I haven’t forgotten you, and I have no intention of doing so. I consider it my responsibility to play a part in making sure that the Jews of Bucklige Welt are not forgotten. I am still looking for those lost family members, and will let you know every time I find another one. And Ruth, I haven’t forgotten that I still owe you an email response.
  •  Diedre McLean, who alerted me to the many family stories that could be told for our ancestors right here in the United States.
  • And Dad. His dedication and passion for genealogy have led directly to an extension of my Cousin Connection project that I never thought possible. I can’t wait to tell you about it!

I have a post planned for Martin Luther King jr. Day, so that comes first. After that, I’m pretty sure I’ll be more than ready to get caught up. See you in a few days!


5 thoughts on “Life Gets in the Way

  1. I have Skeens in my tree too! My great-grandmother was a Skeen. I don’t know how accurate this is, but my great uncle once told me that all Skeens in the US descend from one Skeen immigrant that came in the … 1600s? … I think is what he told me. I didn’t put a whole lot of stock in that but I am curious to know if we are related. 😉

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    1. Thanks for reading! It was William Dolby Skeen and his second wife, Mary Davis, that were the inspiration for this blog. I don’t actually have any relations to the Skeens as far as I know, but you can read the story that started it all at Take a look at it. If you can give me the name birthdate and birthplace of your furthest male Skeen ancestor, I’ll try to work up a cousin connection for you and William! I am also planning at least one cousin landing page for the Skeens for later this year. My Wyckoff ancestors have the same background where it is said that we all come from the same original Wyckoff immigrant to the U.S. You may also be interested in

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      1. I just skimmed quickly and you are definitely working on my Skeen family members! My Skeen ancestors from most recent to those you are talking about are:

        Naomi Skeen (m. Rulon Powell Peterson)
        Joseph Skeen & Jane Zina Petrina Folkman
        Lyman Stoddard Skeen & Electa Philomelia Dixon
        Joseph Skeen & Maria Amanda Dolby
        Joseph Skeen & Elizabeth Knott

        You may already be aware, but there are two family records you may find helpful:

        When I have a bit more time I will give your two posts a read. 🙂


      2. Thanks for sharing your information. I have quite a bit of family information thanks to Plain City History found on Joseph Plain City’s Website. Joseph and Lyman played very instrumental roles in the establishment of Plain City. I will definitely look at the links you provided.

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