Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Blogging Milestone: 100th Post from 200 Years

100_sculptureThis post is a big milestone. This is the 100th blog post on 200 Years in Paradise.  Who would have thought I’d have that much to say?

I was trying to figure out what would be a good topic for my 100th post.  Should I discuss something from general genealogy?  Island history?  An article on an ancestor?  A house? Records?  DNA? Nothing seemed right for such a momentous occasion.

Then this past week I got an email from a reader, Rolf Klausen, who read one of my posts, Pulling a Thread to Unravel Genealogical Tangles, where I discuss the family of my 3rd great grandmother, Mary Aletta Quickly.  In the article I mention that I had not seen the image of the 1846 census, just the extracted information on by VISHA.  Rolf kindly sent me a photo of the census page in the Danish Archive showing my family at 27 Hospital St in Christiansted, along with some other pages of interest.  How kind of him to look this up for me and send it along.

This made me think of all of the people who have helped me in researching my family that I have met through this blog.  The people who have left helpful hints, suggestions, and information through comments and email.  People have found records of my family, in the islands and in Denmark.  They have pointed me in directions where I could find information about the society where my ancestors lived. 

Others have shared their family stories, often giving me hints where I might look next on my own journey.  Others have found me through my posts and have turned out to be relatives.  They have provided much information that has grown my family well beyond anything I could have imagined.

So this post, the 100th post, is a Thank You.  A thank you to those who have helped me, to those who have allowed me to be part of their journey, and a thank you to you, my readers, for supporting me and accompanying me on my own journey to learn and understand where I’m from, who my people are, and what they were like.  It’s very true, no man is an island (even an island man).  I thank you all and look forward to 100 more.

Now, what to say in the next 100?


  1. David,
    Your welcome, but really I thank you.
    I look forward to seeing "200 Years..." in my inbox, and worry when you miss a week.
    While I have now made any bingo's, it seems that your 3rd great grandmother, Mary Aletta Quickly, is on one of my branchs, though hanging way out there.
    So I thank you for your blog, and if you run across any Busby's or Brewster's, please let me know.

    1. I know I've been lax this summer. I really need to pick it up!

      Love to know how you have Mary Aletta on your branch. Maybe between us we can fill in some blanks.

      Thanks for your support Ann!

  2. Well David,
    Whether we want to admit it or not, all 'old' VI families are related-lol.
    I have a Broadhurst cousin in law, so I started to trace her family, and Mary popped up there. I will try to get the file together and send it to you.

  3. Here's to the next 100! I've enjoyed following you on your journey.

  4. Like Andrea, I have enjoyed your genealogical journey and find myself rooting for you in each new discovery. You have opened up a whole new world in the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of Danish West Indies history and heritage. I applaud your work!


  5. Congratulations, David, and thanks for your assist in finding more info on my 3rd great-grandfather, George Brown. Looking forward to many more posts.