Bobs your Uncle

I’ve been heads down the last two weeks trying to update captions for the roughly 10,000 images that will become part of the second edition of my book series. About half of those are new since the first edition and often lack consistency.

I get tickled at the information people attach to their photos. Some of the most popular but un-useful captions read “iPhone Photo”, “Android” & “Samsung”.

Items downloaded from Facebook contain long cryptic number based captions that form from the file names and you would be amazed at how many pictures of people say something to the tune of “Uncle Bob”. That’s great when the photo stays inside your immediate family. But once it is online no one knows who wrote it and which uncle Bob the person was referring to. Maiden names are mostly left out and Ancestry does a poor job of de-duplicating images.

So, it’s a dull mindless task, but one that is necessary to produce the quality product that I hope to bring to you. I’ll be at this for a couple more weeks and then will be able to get at the fun part of pushing out the new volumes.

We have learned so much since the early editions and I now have a powerful book rendering tool that makes publishing relatively easy (once all the components are in place).

We have solved the Puzzling Mystery of the Eastern Virginia & North Carolina Babbs, having proven their relationship through DNA results.

We have established a DNA lineage for the Staffordshire Babbs that needs to be included as well.

We have an additional 7,000 people in the tree (having just crossed 30,000 total) and 10,000 new images (having just crossed 20,000 total).

Other discoveries are always on the horizon (such as the Barbados Babb Lineage), but in the words of my predecessor Jean A. Sargent, the work will never be completed and at some point you need to stop and publish the results. That day is coming soon!


Setting it in Stone

This week I have purchased the 8 tons of stone needed for the 1787 Seth Babb Homestead protective skirt. This is needed to keep wild animals from seeking shelter under the building. It will also minimalize the Dirt Dobber nests which are so common in the area and improve its curb appeal. 

The stone is to be dry-stacked to within a couple of inches of the bottom of the Homestead and Chink & Daubing is to fill in the remaining space to keep water from pooling under the logs.

Dry-Stacked stone still employs mortar, which isn’t visible in the finished product. Just as with pouring concrete you need a 50 degree day to mix and work with it. So we will need a few days of good weather to complete the construction and those are hard to come by in January. 

So, we are biding our time as we wait on a southerly wind to sweep, wash the clouds away and let the sun smile on our little home.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the stone that will be used. It is an antique limestone that was brought from Virginia. The structure that was disassembled dated to about the same time as our homestead was built and it is a most fitting new location for it and we welcome the chance for it to get back to its intended purpose of protecting the building that it serves.


Today a Knight in Shining Armor showed us the light at the end of the tunnel and pushed us over our Fundraising GOAL by donating $2000 to the effort.

These pictures represent how I feel right now as I’m nearly speechless (which is a miracle all it’s own).

I want to thank all the people who have supported our organization and this effort. Tomorrow I will set about “setting it in stone”, but for tonight we celebrate!

Homestead Fund Raising Update

With a variety of new donations we have received through the US Mail we have now raised a total of $8250 towards our goal of $10,000! The matching funds have now been fully consumed!

We are in final discussions to purchase the stone needed for the work and should be able to start construction very soon. 

Thanks to all the people who have donated already. For the rest of you, we still have $1750 left to go. 

Please help us fulfill this gift and your money will go twice as far. If online transactions aren’t your thing, you can simply mail a check to:

Babb Family Association
4252 Keys Dr
Dallas, TX 75056

Calling all Barbados & Caribbean Babbs

I need your help founding the tree for your branch of the family. I’ve located a number of databases that will aid in the research and pulling together a tree of what is known is the first step needed to know who to DNA test and what results to expect.

Thanks to Jason, one of our members, we have a record of what I believe is the first Babb to reach Barbados in 1659 as an indentured servant coming from Cornwall, England. We don’t have any further evidence yet to start making connections and this is where you come in.

To help me get going on this, I need your help connecting you to the records available online. Once I’m able to find one of your ancestors in the records, I should be able to trace your line back much further.

Please follow this link and complete the form on that page. There is no requirement to become a paying member of the association to do this, but we always appreciate that too.

If you happen to have your tree online somewhere please send me a link to it. Also if you use any genealogy program, I can accept Family Tree Maker and GEDCOM files.

Double Your Money

I have great news! We have received $1000 in donations towards the project via US Mail!

Additionally, I am proud to announce a Challenge Matching Gift just in time for Giving Tuesday (Nov 27). For every dollar you donate/pledge our donor will match it up to $2500.

Please help us fulfill this gift and your money will go twice as far.
If online transactions aren’t your thing, you can simply mail a check to:

Babb Family Association
4252 Keys Dr
Dallas, TX 75056

I have great news! We have now s received another $1000 in donations towards the protective stone skirt for Seth’s Homestead via US Mail bringing our total raised to $2750 ($2,000 US Mail, $750 Online).

Additionally, I am proud to announce a Challenge Matching Gift just in time for Giving Tuesday (Nov 27). For every dollar you donate/pledge our donor will match it up to $2500.

Please help us fulfill this gift and your money will go twice as far. If online transactions aren’t your thing, you can simply mail a check to:

Babb Family Association
4252 Keys Dr
Dallas, TX 75056

To donate online or check progress go to:

With these new donations we will secure the antiquelimestone needed to complete the job and begin our wait to have it installed.We hope to conduct construction during the winter months and be ready forspring.

Announcement: The Staffordshire DNA Waiting Game is over

For some unknown reason Family Tree DNA pushed out the results for our Staffordshire, England Babb in record time, cutting their original estimate by a full 30 days. Our wait is over and the results, once again are not what I was expecting. Once again DNA has taken us in a new direction. 

Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.

– Winston Churchill

Unfortunately, our candidate didn’t match to any lineage in the US or the UK and thus we are founding our 9th unique DNA-Proven lineage. So, without further adieu let me introduce you to the Potters of Staffordshire.

Our newly minted crest draws from the County Flag for its backdrop and upon its history for the Roman & Greek figures seen along the top side. 

Staffordshire is a known the world over as a producer of Fine China and is the home to a remarkable potters such as Royal Worchester, Spode, Minton, Royal Doulton, Fenton, Royal Albert & Churchhill which is better known for its ubiquitous patter Blue Willow. These companies, collectively referred to as the Staffordshire Potteries are contained in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. The area became a center of ceramic production in the early 17th Century due to the local availability of clay, salt, lead & coal. 

In my mind at least, one company stands head and shoulders above all others and that is Wedgwood. Josiah Wedgewood and Sons was founded in 1759 and has since become a symbol of quality and a mainstay of formal dining rooms throughout the world. 

One of Wedgewood’s legendary patterns goes by the name Jasperware. Jasperware is a type of pottery first developed by Josiah in the 1770s. It has an unglazed matte finish which in the industry is referred to as a “Biscuit” finish. The pieces are pale blue and features reliefs which are typically in white. The scenes depicted often rely on ancient Greek and Roman iconology that give an heir of grandiosity. The technique is still in production to this day and original pieces often adorn museums. It is this concept which is reflected at the top of the crest which features a Greek Urn and two Roman Hoplites engaged in battle.

The 9 collective pedigrees contained inside this collection account for 1453 people currently and though we have only tested 1 of those lines at this time, it is highly probable that these lines are intertwined as all 9 are found within a 11 mile (17 km) radius. 

So, where does this leave those who are still looking for a connection? I’ve included a short list of the remaining untested groups and their numbers.

So far in England we have established DNA trails for 5074 individuals and have 2817 to go. Somewhere in that 2817 should lie the connections we are searching for in the US. This puts us 2/3 of the way through the list and as it currently stands we only see significant numbers of Babbs remaining in 3 counties. West Midlands and Staffordshire could easily overlap due to place name changes over time. 

So it appears we are now able to tighten our net and concentrate of Devon & Cornwall where we will continue our search and expect/hope to find those long sought connections. Armed with my new data I’ll be setting out to find some living descendants of these linages and get them tested.

In my 20s I worked for 5 years at Macy’s as a salesman in the Fine China, Crystal & Silver department. During this time I learned far more about these products than one person should ever need to know. But it never occurred to me that half our china collection would have come from the same city in England. So, I was immensely pleased at being able to travel down memory lane while pulling this crest and story together.

Please join me in welcoming this newest lineage into our fold. It isn’t the connection I hoped for, but just another major step towards those answers.