After last week’s 52 Ancestors “challenging” line, this week’s “easy” was super easy to choose. It’s my Tarbox family, likely due to the fact that the surname is rare, the family settled in colonial New England and articles about the family have been submitted to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, now housed on AmericanAncestors.org, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Back in the olden days of 1979, when I first caught the genealogy bug, two of my friends caught the same bug at the same time. They both had significantly more difficult outside-the-U.S. family lines to trace and I felt a bit guilty at that time because my first steps were through New England.
I have written about my 3x great grandfather, George Rogers Tarbox, in earlier posts. Stepping back in time from George was incredibly easy.
1. One of my first genealogical letters was to the City Clerk of Calais, Maine, requesting a death certificate for George Rogers Tarbox, who died on 27 January 1895.
Although it turned out that his father was William Tarbox, not John Tarbox, the important information here was that George was born in New Gloucester, Maine, which is in Cumberland County, near Portland.
2. From the New Gloucester Town Clerk, recipient of my next letter, came the transcribed page of birth records for the family of William Tarbox and Judith Haskell.
3. Next, I checked the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for Tarbox entries and found that Rev. Increase N. Tarbox was kind enough to write an article for me way back in 1888, detailing descendants of John Tarbox who had settled in Lynn, Massachusetts by June 1639.
4. By the 1990’s, The Essex Genealogist published information about John Tarbox’s origins in Ippollits, Hertfordshire, England, along with information about his first wife, Mary Overall, their children.
This is one of the shortest posts I think I’ve written, but it doesn’t take many words to explain “easy”!