2020 Historian’s Report

I have begun to edit and update the text of the first volume of the draft genealogy books created by Chris Bailey, who was my predecessor as the Duston-Dustin Family Association Historian/Genealogist. This first volume covers Generations 1 through 5. I think it does need some editing and updates before publication, and of course I’ll add any new sources that I’ve found during my review of the data.

As I mentioned in last year’s report, there were quite a few missing family members in the additional volumes that cover Generations 6 and 7. These people weren’t listed in Chris Bailey’s draft, or in the yellow generation booklets that were one of his primary sources of information, because there weren’t nearly as many sources available when the draft was created. The constant release of new online sources of genealogical data has me to add new people, and to fill in some blanks for individuals who were already in our records. 

It’s a very time-consuming process. Conducting a careful search for additional data about a single family often requires an entire evening. The DDFA books generally list individuals who were born with the Duston or Dustin surname, along with their spouses and children. The chlldren of female family members who were born with a different surname are included, along with their spouses.

That’s typically where the record ends, unless it happens to be a family that has been active in the DDFA. This is why I’ve decided that it’s important to take the time to find as much information as I can about the immediate family of every female family member, since their descendants wouldn’t be listed in subsequent Generation volumes. For example, I wouldn’t appear myself, because I’m the great-grandson of Emily Clementine Dustin.

Of course, it would be helpful if we could make additional data available for female lines of descent, and perhaps we could try to do more for the first few generations after Hannah. It would roughly double the number of descendants with each succeeding generation, though, so if you tried to continue this for many generations, the number of entries would increase exponentially.

I’m happy to report that I’ve completed my review of Generation 7, so I now have a fairly complete record of every Duston or Dustin descendant through that generation, along with the names of their spouses and the birth dates of their children. For the children who were born with another surname, I’ve also tried to include their spouse (or spouses), the places they lived, and their date of death. As of this morning, I had information on 12,555 individuals.