Welcome to the Genealogical Web Site
Donald Hart Gordon
Ramona Shian Pettry Gordon
Family Gathering, July 1999
Don and Shian are in the back row, right.
Moving left from Shi, is Steve, Barbara and Henry Edwards (Don's first wife and her husband), Marcy and Jeff Soukup.
Then, left to right across the front row, Karen, Nitro (Marcy and Jeff's dog), Phil and his daughter Dakota, and Gail.
Like many people today, we are interested in our family history. Don has dabbled in his genealogical roots off and on for a long time. Led by a love of history and the lessons we can learn from it, he has come to believe that human relationships (of all kinds) are really the "stuff of life", and that each passing generation lays the foundation for the cultural and personal value systems of the next generation. Don's family is comprised of these primary family lines: GORDON, HART, PARSONS. Some of them can be traced back to times prior to American colonization and beyond, with an emphasis on roots in New England, New York, Ontario, and Newfoundland.
Shian has begun her exploration more recently, tracing the PETTRY, and McSURLEY, family origins in Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. She has discovered, for instance that the Pettrys were involved (sometimes deliberately and other times by conscription) in the Revolutionary War. She has also connected with her Cherokee heritage through the ROSS line.
Both of us share an avid interest in the Great Lakes, particularly in matters that relate to travel and shipping on the Lakes. Two of Don's great grandfathers were schooner captains during the transition from sail to steam, and his grandfather and three of his great uncles held their Master's Papers, and were involved in the evolution of the early steamboats on the Lakes. Shian is convinced that there is a link between her McSurley roots and the family of Captain Edward J. McSorley, skipper of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Because we know that others are probably searching for some of the same roots we have discovered, these pages are our effort to be helpful to them by sharing what we have learned. Along the way we have also met "cousins by the dozens" -- most of whom we had never known before.
The longrange plan for our site is that it will include the following: 1) Family Surname Information, including charts for each surname; 2) Biographies of some of the most interesting people; 3) Great Lakes Shipping connections within the family and information on particular boats and places; 4) Roots and History section, dealing with historic background and information for some of our family. -- Our vision is ambitious, but with persistence we believe we will eventually reach our goal. Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
OUR SITE IS IN THE VERY EARLY STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION!
It may take a while to get everything up and running the way we want to,
so we urge you to stop back frequently to catch what's new.