If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
—Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1738

This blog went private on 1/20/21. See: Blog update | Chips Off the Old Block (wordpress.com)

Welcome to Chips Off the Old Block, a blog for family members—known and as yet unknown—who, I hope, will find this blog worth the reading. This is my attempt to permanently preserve precious family information that could easily get lost, destroyed, or forgotten.

Please feel free to get in touch via chipsoff at protonmail dot com. It’s always interesting to make acquaintances, compare notes and trees, etc. Likewise, if anyone has anything to contribute or correct, please contact me. Accuracy is of paramount importance. I’d like to do as much honor as I can to the lives of those who came before us.  If we don’t remember them, who will?

Guest posts are always welcome, by the way, provided the content is relevant. I will happily help put together something for you if you prefer. Some people have taken me up on that offer over the years, and I am grateful to them for participating and sharing what they know.

You may notice that occasionally, I digress and include historical information that has intrigued me. And, every now and then, and sometimes even regularly, I toss in posts on old family recipes or topics about Florida, my adopted home state.

Finally, as other family history bloggers may tell you, this can sometimes be a very lonely hobby; you soldier on, in most cases not knowing whether any relatives will ever read what you’ve written, let alone find it of interest or useful. I try not to dwell on that and just keep believing that—for the sake of the youngest ones in the family especially—this is worth doing.

If I disappear for weeks/months at a time, fear not! I check in regularly to review comments/questions.

Names of interest include: Easton, Trowbridge, Woodruff, Martin, Lewis, Wait, Ludey, Brodhead, Angus, Winans, Jaques, Trewin, Wills, Phillips, Slaymaker, Sargent, Boles, Nixon, Earle, Ogden, Hand, Bell, Neumann, Tye, Salmon, Wyngart, Jansen, Davis, Dingman, Westbrook, Lamberton, Baker, Prowse, Perlee, Parsons, Holmes, Sherwood, Marshall, and Melyn, among others.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gail Brodhead-Kae

P.S. Mistakes happen, so always make sure to do your own research before accepting any of my data! Also, I try to put each post into relevant categories, so if you are researching a particular surname, click on that name in the categories column (in the side bar) and you should get all relevant posts. I recommend reading them in chronological order since the information shared is ever-evolving, corrections are made, etc.

For a long time I gave open access to tabs containing family tree info for numerous lines. I’ve now marked them private since I don’t always have the time to keep them in sync with my Legacy database. So if anyone wants to compare tree info, please email me at the address shown above (paragraph 2). 

Why do I watermark most of the images on my blog? a) because sometimes they are not my images and I am being respectful of those who have kindly given me permission to use them, b) because, as the originator of an image, I believe I have the right to be contacted by anyone who has found that image useful/relevant for their research. When someone illegally takes an image off my blog, crops out the watermark, and uploads it without my permission to a site like Ancestry, they are denying others the ability to connect with me and me with them. I don’t think that’s right and I don’t think that’s fair (or respectful of my efforts to bring family history details to light that may benefit others.) It has nothing to do with me believing that somehow ancestors are exclusively mine–obviously that could not possibly be the case, especially the farther back in a family tree one goes!!! 🙂  

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All rights reserved. Any reproduction or use of any of these materials, including all content and photographs, without written permission of the author and blog owner is expressly prohibited. (This includes copying material and uploading it to Ancestry dot com, Pinterest, Find a Grave, etc.)

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