Something new (based on something very old)

find-the-date-when-family-member-died-family-treeFair warning: This will probably not be the most interesting entry from me you will ever read.

Anyway, I’ve been working for the last couple days on realizing something I have wanted to make happen for a very long time. About a decade before I was born, a member of my very extended family, Edwin Allan Fessenden, completed a two volume work on the history of my family since we came to the United States (or, more accurately, Massachusetts Bay Colony) in around 1635. He managed to trace every branch of the family line from then until the late 1960s.

I considered long ago building on his work by digitizing his research and getting it into an electronic searchable database. I decided on a whim a little while back to finally do that. I bought a new domain (that I was surprised to be able to get) and started designing and installing the website. Today, I’m releasing it into the wild to see where we can make it go.

I am fully aware that very few people outside of my family (if anyone) will find this at all interesting. There’s some chance that even most in the Fessenden Family will find it appallingly boring. However, I wanted to start the project and see where it goes. If you want to look, you can find the  work so far at If you are a Fessenden who wants to help get it done, there are instructions over there to do it. I am hoping to get the word out to some large enough portion of the family to make this entire project really work out. It’s worth a try, anyway.

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