Change is definitely in the air….!

Can you believe that this was the first blog I wrote.  It has been eight years since I took that trip to Pennsylvania in search of Goss history.  The first post was written on June 25, 2008.  It was on Blogger till I moved it several years ago because I like WordPress’ set up better.  It is getting old and outdated so it is time to remove it.

Now that I am only writing for one blog and not several, I can now concentrate on the Goss Family story.  In the next months I will write about Solomon Goss on the Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. blog and then go back in time to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and trace the Goss family back to Boston.

As I do that, I will incorporate the photos, update links and more from this blog into the Solomon Goss blog in order to make it more interesting and bring to life the Goss family story.  When I took this trip I really didn’t go deep into the Goss family genealogy and that will change now.  So you will need to go to the blog: Solomon Goss in Fearing Twp. in Ohio for the continuing saga to unfold.  It will be a big undertaking.

So if you like some of the posts on this blog, I suggest that you print them out or cut and paste into Word as a document.  This blog will go away in about six months.  UPDATED: 2/19/2017 I am working on this blog and it will be ended soon.  Again I suggest you copy what you like.  UPDATED: 8/27/2019 Well it is getting closer when I will pull this blog from the internet.  I am still working on Philip Goss IV’s children on the Solomon Goss Blog and when that is done and I finish up the other children of Philip & Mary. It will be time to remove this blog from the internet. Don’t worry it will be turned into a PDF. 

Thanks for reading, Bonnie


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Picasa to Google Photos….???

As of August 12, 2016 I have found my photos under Google Photo Archive and Google Photos.  Things look good but I am keeping and eye on it just to be safe.  Blogger would put your photos into Picasa to hold them when you wrote or published a post on our Blogger blog.  Wordpress has media storage and it is not in another place. My BJM Cemeteries Blog is still with Blogger, although I am contemplating moving it which could be a big mess.

In any event if there is a problem with a photo on this blog in WordPress just let me know. Thanks.

April 20, 2016: Google is shutting down Picasa and moving photos to Google Photos and Google+.  This blog used to be on blogger and I moved it to WordPress but the photos are still there.  I have links and things to keep and eye on. If you see a problem just holler, thanks Bonnie

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Travels have ended for now!

My class about Scottish Research was excellent and I am pleased.  I have returned and am busy getting myself caught up.  British Institute classes:

Here are some highlights of my visit to Salt Lake City.  They have a shopping center south of Temple Square that is filled with shops, restaurants, fountains, waterfalls, condos and a Harmon’s grocery store making the area much more accessible.

City Creek Fountain

City Creek Fountain

Temple Square

Temple Square

The British Isles floor in the Family History Library 2014:

Family History Library B2 British Isles research floor

Family History Library B2 British Isles research floor

Lots will be happening on my other blogs so check them out by clicking on the links on the right side of this blog under “Blogs I like.”

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Traveling and Genealogical Education…

In the month of September 2014, I was traveling through New York state, Ontario, Michigan and Quebec and I did 1964 miles on this 2nd trip.  It was truly EPIC!

I will be heading back to Salt Lake City for the British Institute class on Scottish records.  This course may not have much to do with Pennsylvania research but it is the foundation of my desire to visit Great Britain.


2006 Temple Square SLC

Last year in October 2013, I took the Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-Nineteeth Cemetery Ancestors course offered by the British Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

The course was excellent and one of my teachers appeared on an episode this last year of “Who Do You Think You Are?”  I was very excited when I saw Paul Blake on the show.

Family History Library 2006

Family History Library 2006

This year in 2014, I will be attending the Institute again in Salt Lake City and taking Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, by Paul Milner.  It is time for me to get serious about Scottish research.  So I am currently in the process of preparing to attend this course and getting ready for the trip to Salt Lake City.  I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to do more of the family research at the Family History Library.  It will be a very intense week of classes and researching.

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

The Line at opening to the Family History Library

This will be my sixth trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library.  This library and their online website for their records has contributed greatly to my research successes.

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2009 3rd Floor Family History Library

2013 British Institute

2013 British Institute getting ready…

2013 British Institute Class

2013 British Institute Class

Well it is time to get back to planning for this trip.  One of the requirements is to read a book on Scottish History, so I best go and get my two chapters in.

The History of Scotland,” by Peter & Fiona Somerset Fry, reprinted several times 1997.


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Welcome to Pennsylvania Wanderings: The Goss Family Sites, at Word Press

Welcome.  This blog used to be on Blogger but I moved it to Word Press because I wanted to consolidate my blogs in one place.  I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion that may have caused.  Hopefully I have fixed some of the links on my other blogs for Pennsylvania Wanderings to bring you to the new location, but I am sure I will find more to update.

I went to Pennsylvania in 2008 and traveled around visiting the Goss Family history sites, cemeteries and as many archives, genealogical societies, historical societies that I could find.  Hopefully, this helps others who may not be able to go to Pennsylvania and are descendants of Phillip Goss and Mary Kendall Goss who settled in the Wyoming Valley about 1769. Just remember links do get old and organizations move and update their websites, so if you have any trouble, let me know by leaving a comment.

I am working my way to the Phillip Goss and Mary Kendall Goss story on my other blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio.  This blog is about their son, Solomon Goss and his wife Olive Scott Goss.  It may be a couple more months before I return to Solomon and follow him back to Pennsylvania and his origins in Massachusetts, so please be patient. 


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Pennsylvania Wanderings is Spruced UP!

It was time to migrate this blog to WordPress.  This blog was written in 2008 and it is old but it is still very meaningful to me.  The subject was my trip to Pennsylvania where I visited the historical sites of my Goss Family and tried to dig further into their history.

Over the next weeks I will be fixing posted and links.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Blog Anniversary Celebration!

I returned from my trip to Ontario and Quebec and I am writing about it in my other blogs.  It was quite the trip.  It covered the other side of my dad’s family, his Canada roots and my mother’s:

The Man Who Lived Airplanes: and the Boardmans and Browns

Today is the anniversary date of when I started this blog Pennsylvania Wanderings back in 2008. It was the 2nd blog I started and it began my blogging journey.  I love it.  I get a big kick out of it but I do find that being both the writer an editor a challenge. Working with the blogging platforms of Word Press and Blogger have been interesting and frustrating at times.

This blog was written about the trip I took to Pennsylvania and my visits to all the Goss locations in the area.  I am particularly proud of my photographs from that area and the visits to the cemeteries.  This blog is old now and some links are probably broken one of the facts of blogging which is a living and breathing entity and subject to the whims of the Internet.

I will be slowly incorporating it into my blog Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. where it will actually help to enhance my posts at that blog and make them much better.   I really didn’t dig into the Goss research at that time focusing more on the setting and the location.  Sharing about the Goss family is not easy because there is so much and there are those who do have or know more.

You should go and see my post about my visit to the bust of Lt. Colonel John Butler at the Solomon Goss blog.  Yes, he was the man who was why the Wyoming Massacre even happened.  He was fighting for the British and really believed in his mission.  I could not help myself.  I had to have a picture of me with the statue at Ottawa’s Valiants Memorial.  One country’s hero is another’s villian.  It really made me stop and think about both sides of the story during the Revolution and made me reach in and try to understand a different perspective.

I actually have gone backward in time with the Goss family.  I really should have started in Boston and gone west through Massachusetts to Connecticut and then to Pennsylvania.  Life has a funny way of offering opportunities so I started in Pennsylvania.  I then traveled to Massachusetts and Connecticut and I wrote about that part of the trip in Massachusetts Meanderings and more

I only went as far as east as Lancaster and ended up in the Berkshires at the point where Philip Goss IV headed to Pennsylvania.

Hopefully sometime soon I can go to Boston again and head west following Philip Goss I as he moved west.  Getting around Massachusetts is not that hard, not like Ontario.

All the best to all who have stopped by:  Bonnie

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The Other Side of The Family: Canada Bound!

The Goss family is connected to me, through my father’s mother’s side of the family, through his grandmother Amarilla Barclay Dawes Urton.  Yes, Amarilla was married three times.  Her first husband George Angus Barclay was murdered in 1898.  So she remarried to a J.G. Dawes and that ended in divorce.  About 10 year later she married again to a George Urton and they were together for the remainder of their lives.  Amarilla and her life are featured in this blog:

The Barclay’s of Pine River:

Amarilla’s maiden name was Spracklin.  Her parents were Daniel D. Spracklin and Elizabeth Keller.  Daniel’s father was John Andrews Spracklin and he married Lydia Goss the daughter of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss.

Amarilla and George had Grace and she married a Ronald S. McDonald in 1898 in Hudson, Wisconsin but they lived in Minnesota where my dad was born.   These two people are my grandparents.

Actually, I started with the MacDonald/McDonald/McDonell/Macdonell side of my family when I began researching because that is what I knew the best.

This Spring of 2012, I am off to Ontario and Quebec, Canada to learn more about the origins of my great grandfather Archibald McDonell and my great grandmother Mary McDonell’s family. Yes, they were both McDonell’s.

I will also be learning more about the Brown side of my family, my mother’s side!  As you can see I have deep roots in Canada with my mother’s side and my father’s.

If you have connections to Ontario or Quebec join me as I travel along!  I will be attending the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Kingston June 1-3, 2012.  You will find more information at these links:

My Dad’s McDonald roots are featured in this blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes:

and my mother’s Canadian side is featured in this blog The Boardmans and Browns of Winnipeg:

I will be sharing my adventures on both blogs.

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