Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Introduction and the Beginning

I started researching my family history about 2 years ago.  Why am I doing this?  Curiosity mainly.  Being a Navy brat all my life, we never stayed in one place longer than a few years, and then it was off to my dad’s next duty station.  So I was never around my extended family a lot.  Thus, I didn’t know much about them.

Then a new show aired that you may have heard of…”Who Do You Think You Are?”  I never missed an episode.  Soon I was asking myself some of the same questions, and wondering why I never inquired about my family history with my parents before.  Now after doing research for a few years, I wish I had, especially with my grandparents.  Now they aren’t with us any longer, and that easy to get information is lost.  Plus, I used to live on the East Coast where the bulk of my immediate family lives, and as it turns out, so did my ancestors…mainly Virginia, Washington, DC, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.  It sure would have been a lot easier.  But what can you do.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

The first thing I did was hop onto the internet and started typing in the search box to see what came up.  I checked out a few places, but I wasn’t really getting the information I wanted or needed.  So I went to and joined.  Well that changed everything, and they have been a wealth of information.  Then I went to, and boy, oh boy.  A whole lot of information there too.  My parents have been a lot of help too, especially my mom.

My dad’s family is deeply ingrained in Virginia and Washington, DC, and my mom’s family is in the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, etc) and on Prince Edward Island in Canada.  All were immigrants that came from England, Germany, Switzerland, and Scotland.  There may be some Irish in there also.

I started with my dad’s line first since I share the same last name, and I am the last in the line.  There are no more males, in my line, to carry on the Lusby name.  My sister is married,and her daughter carries her father’s name.  I went to a Lusby family reunion back in 1992/1993 in Virginia with my parents.  My great-aunt Edie (who’s my paternal grandfather’s sister), had a lot of the Lusby family history done, so my mom gave me what she had, and I went to town.  In fact, I’m still verifying and documenting everything Aunt Edie recorded.  She had only gone back as far as my 2x great grandfather who was born about 1833 and died in 1906.  She had very little information on his father, my 3x great grandfather, and I haven’t had much luck either.

After getting frustrated and tired of continuously banging my head against the wall for no good reason, I moved on to my mom’s line.  That was much easier as she had a family tree for her paternal side that was done by a Swiss genealogist back in the early 1900’s, and she also had a very extensive tree for her maternal side.  But I still wanted to verify and document everything.

That is the most important thing I discovered.  I’ve gone down many false trails excitedly, only to discover I had to make a U-turn and go back and start again.  This has happened many times.  I feel like a detective trying to solve a great mystery.  And who doesn’t love a great mystery?

So in the beginning, my aim was to trace the origins of the following ancestors:  Lusby and Sporie.  On the Lusby side, I’ve been led to the Henning’s and the Armistead’s.  On the Sporie side, I’ve been led to the Tanton’s and the Stavert’s.  Easy right?  Six lines…how hard can that be?  Well, I’ve also discovered some other lines, as I never thought of the women that the men had married, and that gives me even more to research.  It’s a good think that I like researching.

I can’t tell you how many time I’ve told myself that I’ll work on “The Tree” for an hour or two, then 4 or 5 hours later, there I am…still plugging away.  But at least it’s keeping me out of trouble.  Since I love a good mystery, I am really enjoying putting the pieces of my family’s history together.  The journey has been exciting and educational so far, and I’m really looking forward to learning more about the people I’m descended from.  Who knows what else is out there waiting to be discovered.

Currently, I am searching the following families: 
  • Lusby (Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland)
  • Hennings (New York, Washington DC, Germany)
  • Armistead (Washington DC England)
  • Sporie (New York, Connecticut, Maine, Germany)
  • Tanton (Maine, Prince Edward Island (Canada), England)
  • Stavert (Prince Edward Island, Scotland)

Some of the newer lines that I’ve recently discovered and am excited to learn  more about include Raitz, Dameron, Douglas,Grundisch, Sharp, and Linkletter.

I hope that with this blog, I can connect with other people and relatives (known and unknown), and continue filling in all the blank spaces and hear stories and see/share photographs.  If you are reading this and are related to me (or think you may be related), please contact me.

I hope that you find the information that I have shared and will continue to share in the future about my ancestors is entertaining and information.

Talk to you later.



  1. Well done Betsy. I have a lot of Tanton/Sharp/Linkletter info. Did you find what I put on I cancelled my membership as I don't have the info with me while travelling. All my info is in storage in NS

  2. Thanks Anne. I've loved reading about your travels. I haven't been to your tree in a while. I'll head on over there and take another look. My mom told me to contact you as she said you had a lot. Do you have pictures you can share?

    Lately, I've been working on my dad's side of the tree, but for a change of scenery, I'm going to go back to my mom's side. The Sharp's and Linkletter's are entirely new to me.

    I also did the DNA testing thru ancestry. I got the kit last year, but just sent it in 2 weeks ago. At the time I ordered it, the only option for females was the mtDNA to trace the maternal line. So I'm just waiting for those results. When I get back to work, I'm going to order the atdna, as that will trace both the maternal and paternal lines that I carry. Still trying to talk my dad into it, but I think I'll never be able to talk my mom into it (lol).

    Looking forward to reading more about your travels in the future.

  3. Betsy, just wanted to post and say that enjoyed the read. I love reading other blogs; you never know, you might find something that sparks a research idea that you hadn't thought of, a research tool (OneNote for example) that helps you tame all the papers, or you might find kin. All the while enjoying shared stories, yours, theirs, and others. Looking forward to visiting again. T

  4. Thanks for the comment Tracy. It is for all those reason that I started this blog.

  5. Hi Betsy, congrats on your blog. I like to read about why other people do family history research. Many reasons but many very similar experiences and the fun of discovering new things and putting the pieces of the puzzle together.


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