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The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition" defines genealogy as:

n. pl. geˇneˇalˇoˇgies

1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.

2. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.

3. The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.

[Middle English genealogie, from Old French, from Late Latin genelogia, from Greek genelogi : gene, family; see gen- in Indo-European roots + -logi, -logy.]

geneˇaˇlogiˇcal (--lj-kl) adj.

geneˇaˇlogiˇcalˇly adv.

geneˇaloˇgist n.


To me, genealogy is a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing, or a never-ending mystery novel. It's an addiction which I can put aside for a while, but something always draws me back. When I see a news item with a mention of a family surname or  Facebook posts a friend suggestion from a family name, I have to out the connection.

The family tree on this site was created using Family Tree Maker and a program called Ged-gen. I've been collecting this information over the last 14 years. When I started this site most of my research focused on Frothingham lines, but since then I have included the Annis, Welch, Spalding and Patenaude lines as well. More recently I've added a lot of information on the Gilman, Poulin and Richard lines.  I'm sure there are a few mistakes, and if you find any please leave a message in the guest book to let me know.

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A Brief History of my Family Lines

Between April and May of 1630 the Winthrop Fleet, carrying about seven hundred people aboard eleven ships, left the Isle of Wight in England. During June and July they arrived in various settlements on the shore of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Among our ancestors arriving in this migration are William and Anne Frothingham of Holderness, England, and Rice and Arrold Cole. They may have been aboard the same ship, possibly either the Mayflower, the Whale or the Trial, which all arrived in Charlestown, MA in July of 1630. Both families settled in Charlestown becoming early members of the Charlestown Church.  Descendants of Rice and Arrold Cole included President Franklin Pierce. William and Anne Frothingham were the parents of 10 children and most of the Frothinghams in the United States today are their descendants.


The Annis family in America began with Charles Cormac Annis, who emigrated from Ireland in the mid 1600's. He married Sarah Chase in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1666. They were the parents of seven children, and owned a large amount of property in the area. The Annis and Welch families merged in 1749 when Edmund Welch married Ruth Annis in Wells, Maine. I am descended from Charles Annis through both my mother and father.


The earliest Spalding in America was Edward Spalding who arrived in the Bay Colony between 1630 and 1633. Originally residing in Braintree, he became one of the first settlers of Chelmsford, where the family stayed for many generations. The Spalding and Annis families joined when Jacob F Spalding married Delia Annis in Hillsboro, NH in 1864. Their child, Lizzie, married George Frothingham in 1889.  


The Gilman, Richard, Lusignant, and Poulin families came from Canada in the late 1800's.  They settled in Southern NH and the North Shore of Massachusetts to work in the shoe factories. Gilman is an Americanized version of the Guillemain or Guilman families of Quebec. The Gilman and Welch families merged when Irene Gilman married the son of William Welch in the 1930's. The Gilman and Frothingham families merged in 1971 when my husband and I were married.





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