Monday, October 1, 2012


don’t know about you, but I often get stuck searching the same surname or state while neglecting many other perfectly fine surnames and states. So today I decided I would get out of the rut, live on the wild side and venture into a new state.  Vermont came to mind so I thought I would give it a try.  I have no shortage of surnames in this state: Barber, Boyden, Cutler, Haynes, Myers, Nichols and Roberts.

I started with a Google search for “Vermont genealogy” and had a fabulous time checking out the genealogy societies, archives and museums. Then I decided to narrow my search down to Windham County and found a website called “Welcome to Windham County Vermont Local History and Genealogy” ( I clicked on Vital Records, and here I found a page of links. Under Church Records, I found a link to “Marriages 1814-1839 Performed by missionaries of the Baptist Church In West Vermont and Central New York” ( 

So here I was back again in Central New York. I did a quick scan of the names and whose baptism do you think I found? EBER CRANDALL! If you have been following my blog, you will know that Eber has been a real pain because there appear to be countless not-the-right Ebers.  Of course, this Eber’s baptism did not correspond with the Eber I had been looking for either. I was struck by the irony of the situation. Here I was trying to break out of a rut and explore a new state and new surnames and I get thrown back into New York with Eber.

It reminds me of the phase "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get."


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1 comment:

  1. Karin, what a frustrating full circle you seem to have taken! And how interesting about all those Ebers you've found.

    Despite all this, I agree with your hunch that it may be helpful to jump out of the "rut" for a while and try a different approach.