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The Start of my Blogging

A few years ago I started to blog, at first they were just one liners, and informative more than anything. I began on Google’s Blogger, but later moved to blogging software on my own server, feeling a bit more secure and private. I Started in 2016, and here are some of those images and notes I published.

3/2/2016: I currently have 1,000 names left on Family Search to go through and I will be completed on our Family Tree.

My website will be updated as I update the family tree.

3/5/2016: I just published a more detailed and interactive website for the family tree.

6/20/2016: I just added this blog page for any questions or comments.

7/18/2016: I sent Libby an invite to the family tree, no response from her. She has the info to get to the family tree via the website.

8/13/2016: This perfectly defines our family and what paths we chose.

10/20/2016: Added count your genealogy number, to show each generation and the amount of people that might exist in that generation, if anyone wonders whey the family tree is so big.

Went off of Google’s Blogger and went to MWeb Software.

1/1/2017: I completed the new website and published it tonight.I need any errors to be identified and emailed to me.

1/10/2017: I switch over from all my Genealogy software, to The Next Generation (TNG) Site, this site runs on my apache server under php scripting language that is suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. This new site creates a dynamic web page content on the contents of our family genealogy database. It provides instant access to reports and shows immediate results on our genealogy. Our genealogy database was imported into mySQL relational database management system that I currently maintain on my macOS Server. My macOS Server host all my web pages.

Our family websites are:

Introduction to our family:

Our Family Tree:

Our Genealogy Database:

and my personal web pages:

1/316/2017: I recently updated my website to include rewriting the introduction on the first page. To all my immedite family your log-in is your entire name for example for me: Bradley J. Johnson your password will be your first name (nick name if you have one) the @ then your day and month of your birth. Makes sure you use 2 numbers for example Feb would be 02. I have a lot of email address’ on most of my family, if I don’t have yours please send it to me, so you can reset your password if need be.


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The Reason for a Johnson Website

I started working on the family tree 12 years ago, from the middle of 2008. Chris and I split who would do which side of the family. Chris took Dad’s side which is the Johnson/Riddle side, I chose Mom’s side which was the Farrington/Alexander side. I had the start of dad’s side tree from my cousin Rex, (Rex Allen Johnson 1940 – 2014)(See Below). Rex was our Uncle Bob’s (dad’s oldest brother, Robert Carl Johnson (1918-1962)), son by his first marriage to Olive Marie Wagner (1920 – 1996). An interesting note: was that all of Uncle Bob’s kids, in his first marriage, were very close to our father’s age (Rex was 10 years younger).


As I researched the internet for my our ancestors, I discovered that, some of the data and records that I had obtained were now showing up on other genealogy websites. For my family members who are still alive, some privacy must be provided to ensure that personal information isn’t posted for the general public. Most of the data you find on genealogy sites are family members and ancestors who are deceased. The truth is, that anytime I have upload information to a website, rather it be a copy of our family tree, or documents, I am placing my trust in a company that I do not have control over, or know exactly what they will do with this information. This is the case for everything from posts on forums to social media sites – from cloud storage to online banking information – and most importantly, our family tree and all the information it contains.Rex had given me a copy of his work that he had completed on his side of the family, when I was in High School. I kept it in my safe for 30 years while I was in the Military and then into my civilian years, until I started the famly tree in 2008. Unfortunately Chris, who I loaned it to, misplaced my original, (wish I had made a copy). After a year of working separately, we gave each other a copy of what we had gotten done on each side of the famly. From that time on I continued working on our family tree.

An example of what I am saying is, without mentioning names; a large genealogy company that I used for research, had taken all of my files and published them online in their databases, even though I had made my tree private. So here I am paying them to do my research online; then they take my research add it to their database, then charge others for the information that I had gathered for my own tree. I do take some responsibility for this. These genealogy companies must have informed me in their terms and conditions, and of course, you have to agree to their terms to use the site. I personally feel these companies should have clearly informed me, that my tree and research would be used in this way – they never did!

I have put countless hours of research into our family tree, and I do NOT want it available for just anyone to access without our family’s permission, especially for my ancestors who are still living. And as anyone who works on or in genealogy knows – some of the information that you collect for your tree is never 100% accurate. Our family tree is a work-in-progress, that is for our family and is not intended to be shared with others without our approval. The last point is that in my research of our family, only “I” know which names, dates, details, and stories still needed further research — someone copying my tree does not.

Am I going to stop using all these genealogy sites? NO! But now, I know I must be more cautious with my data.This was my reasoning for running my own server and websites. By using my own server, I maintain control over all my data and information. It also allows me to maintain some ownership over our data. Our family tree and data is available for all family members, and only they should decide how the site, information, and data can be used, copied, or made public.



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Our 10th Great-Grandfather was a Mayflower Passenger

     The Mayflower was a ship that sailed from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts. A group of pilgrims left England in 1620 to seek a new life and religious freedom in the New World. Upon their arrival in the New World, they created the Mayflower Compact, which established self-governance for the colony and helped shape the nation that eventually became the United States of America. The Mayflower set sail from England carrying farmers, merchants, and English Puritan separatists searching for a new land where they could worship freely. The voyage to the new world took 66 days and ended when they set anchor in Plymouth, Massachusetts (now it is Provincetown, Massachusetts). The citizens of Plymouth Colony, known as Pilgrims, face many struggles as they settle the land. With hard work, determination, and much suffering, these brave individuals set the foundation for what is now the United States of America.


     The cabin was the general sleeping quarters for the Mayflower’s crew. The 20–30 crewmembers took shifts working the ship and sleeping in this small space. From this room, the ship’s pilot steered the Mayflower. Unlike more modern vessels with a helm wheel, the Mayflower was steered by moving a stick, known as the whip-staff, back and forth to change the rudder’s direction. From this room, the ship’s pilot steered the Mayflower. Unlike more modern vessels with a helm wheel, the Mayflower was steered by moving a stick, known as the whip-staff, back and forth to change the rudder’s direction. The poop house served as the living quarters for the ship’s captain and officers.


     Our 10 Great-Grandfather was Francis Cooke at age 37 he landed with the pilgrims at Plymouth. He was the seventeenth signer of the Mayflower Compact. Born around 1583 in England, he married Hester le Mahieu in 1603 in Leiden, Holland. What brought him to Holland is unknown, but his profession was that of a woolcomber. Hester his wife was a French Walloon (an ethnic group native to Belgium) whose parents had fled to Canterbury, England.  Hester moved to Leiden sometime before their marriage in 1603.

They joined the Pilgrim church 6 years after they had married, around 1609,  when the church had moved to Holland.  Later around 1619, the church had decided to go to the new world so they could have freedom of religion. Francis and his oldest son, John, left Hester and the other children behind and came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. After the colony was founded and better established, he sent for his wife, Hester and 6 other children. They come to Plymouth in 1623 on the ship “Anne.” Francis lived out his life in Plymouth. Although he kept a fairly low profile, he was a number of minor committees such as the commitee to lay out the highways, and received some minor appointments by the Court to survey or lay ou land. He as a juror on a number of occasions, and was on the Coroner’s jury that examined the body of Marthat Bishop, the 4 year old daughter who was murdered by her mother Alice. He recieved some modest land grants at various times throughout his life. He lived to be about 80 years old, dying in 1663.


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1940s Fashion: Women’s and Men’s Clothing Worn, 1940–1950. by Sunny Morton

World War II dominated the first half of the 1940s as well as fashions in the Western world. Materials such as silk, nylon, wool, leather, rubber, and zippers were needed in wartime production. Clothing was rationed in the United States and parts of Europe. 1940s fashion designers had to be efficient and innovative in how they made suits, dresses, and shoes.


The Effect of War on Fashion

Millions of people dressed differently during the war. Men and women wore military uniforms. Many women donned laborer’s clothing, such as coveralls or trousers. In many situations, people had to make do with older or repurposed clothing rather than purchasing new styles and designs. Because of shortages and regulations, wealthier and poorer people were more likely to be dressed similarly.

However, the war caused greater regional variety in clothing styles. Paris, the longtime center of Western fashion, was cut off during the German occupation. Designers in other places gained more influence in their own countries. In several countries, laws regulated the garment industry, and manufacturers had less ability to distribute internationally.


1940s Fashion for Women

Popular Dress Styles in the 1940s

The typical 1940s female dress silhouette was like a uniform: simple and fitted, with boxy shoulders, a slim-belted waistline, and a hemline below the knee. The style shown here is for a utility dress from the United Kingdom that could be purchased with ration coupons. In cold weather, you might see women in long-sleeved dress suits of a similar shape.


The typical 1940s female dress silhouette was like a uniform: simple and fitted, with boxy shoulders, a slim-belted waistline, and a hemline below the knee. The style shown here is for a utility dress from the United Kingdom that could be purchased with ration coupons. In cold weather, you might see women in long-sleeved dress suits of a similar shape.

In Germany, women’s fashions were restricted during the war. The German Fashion Board encouraged women to wear traditional dirndl dresses made by German designers. Women were told not to wear makeup, trousers, furs, perfume, or glamorous clothing.

After World War II, French designer Christian Dior launched what became known as the “New Look.” His style rounded the shoulders and emphasized hips with a full, pleated skirt. The hemline dropped to mid-calf or lower. These changes celebrated the end of rationing and hinted at the return of women to domestic life. Despite some criticism, the New Look remained popular into the 1950s.

Women’s Pant Styles

At the beginning of the 1940s, Western women did not commonly wear trousers in public, except as active wear. But as they wore them from necessity, many women came to appreciate their comfort and practicality. A shortage of stockings (traditionally worn under dresses) gave women another reason to choose trousers.

Women’s dress pants during this decade were wide-legged and high-waisted, worn with tucked-in blouses or as pantsuits with matching tops. After the war, dresses again dominated women’s fashion. But pants had found a permanent place in the hearts—and wardrobes—of many women.

Women’s Hairstyles, Hats, and Accessories

Women in the 1940s typically wore their hair shoulder-length or longer, without bangs, styled with waves and rolls. The “victory roll” helped women manage long hairstyles during a hard day’s work; they could unroll it later into shapely waves. Women also wore turbans and head scarves, both to keep hair out of the way while working and because scarcity of hair-care products made it difficult to maintain polished styles.

Women’s hats and other accessories weren’t subject to much regulation during the war. Many had patriotic or military styling. Some hats were small and simple. Others used accessories to add colorful or feminine touches to the more utilitarian look of rationed clothing.

1940s Fashion for Men

Men’s Suits

During the 1940s, men not in uniform often wore suits in public. Many made do with older suits from the 1930s. Suit vests fell out of favor as an excess use of fabric. New suits were made with a wool-rayon blend instead of wool and often with patterned (especially striped) fabric.

In the United Kingdom, single-breasted suits replaced double-breasted suits to preserve labor and materials. Suits and shirts were made with fewer pockets and narrower lapels. Trousers weren’t allowed to have cuffs, though this style proved unpopular, and many men purchased a size too long and had them altered.

In the United States, the “Victory Suit” followed similar specifications, but the rules (and the suits) were a little looser. The baggy, colorful “zoot suit,” popularized by jazz culture in the 1930s, became popular with some young Italian and Mexican immigrants, despite restrictions against making them. Some perceived zoot suits as unpatriotic.

Men’s Hats

A well-styled man of 1940s fashion wore a hat, though hats became less popular among younger men and after the war. Hats were most commonly made of felt. The fedora was a popular style and was often worn on an angle. A more formal variety was the homburg hat. In the summer, men might don a wide-brimmed straw hat in a variety of shapes, such as a fedora, pork pie, Panama, or boater. For active leisure, men might don a flat cap (what we think of today as newsboy style).


“Sunny Morton”

Sunny Morton teaches personal and family history to worldwide audiences. She’s a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, past Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems, and the author of How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (co-authored with Harold Henderson, CG); Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy; “Genealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites,” and hundreds of articles. She has degrees in history and humanities from Brigham Young University. Read her work at

Note:  Some of my grandchildren asked why did I publish this article, of course most of them did not know my parents, that is their great-grand parents.   I have had to explained that both of my parents were raised in the Indiana Soldier and Sailor’s Home.  My father was born in 1930 and mom 1931.  They lived their teenage years during the time this article focus’ on.  The war, rationing, and clothes were especially hard on orphanages, where their great-grand parents were.  Everything from food to their cloths were all affected by the events of this time.  Even in my parents early 20’s, that would be the 1950s, these styles and fashions still played an important role in their lives.