History of William Buckminster Lindsay, Sr.
His Ancestors and His Descendants
Two purposes have motivated the preparation and reproduction of the history of William Buckminster Lindsay and his family. The first purpose is to bring together the facts and information about the family as a whole to help promote family unity. The example of faith, courage, and character inherent in the hardships and struggles of our pioneer forefathers in settling new frontier after new frontier should help to cement the bonds of kinship among the numerous and scattered segments of the family today.
The second purpose is to summarize the status of genealogical research and to disseminate the basic reference points for the benefit of family members who wish to study the family pedigree and pursue further research. The information that we know about our early ancestors relating to their personal life and traits is that which we find in the same records which provide the genealogical data. Those who wish to learn of the particular social and economic patterns of living of our early ancestors are referred to the local town histories and the county and general histories of the locali-ties and time periods in which they lived. This type of history is deeply interesting but is readily available in genealogical libraries and need not be repeated here.
The information and references included in Part III are very brief and include only that which is essential for guiding family members who are unacquainted with the pedigree line to the basic reference points which support and establish this pedigree as far back as it has been established conclusively. It is impossible to list all of the references which have been searched or those which should still be searched. The information given should help those who are new to the work to arrive more rapidly and with less duplication of effort to the point where study and analysis will point the way toward that which remains to be done.
The various branch histories that have been written by interested members of the family have been reproduced in general in the form in which they were written, except for some editing to eliminate excessive duplication of information that was common to more than one history. The histories in Part II have been limited to the first two descendant generations in order to keep this year's project in manageable limits. Those who submitted histories of contemporary members of the family have not wasted their efforts, for this material will be preserved and used in subsequent phases of our work.
The material is printed in loose leaf form so that it can be inserted in the standard family history binders. This procedure will allow us to change and add to the information as it becomes desirable. it also allows us to go ahead and reproduce and print what we have available without waiting until the record is complete sufficiently for permanent binding.
It is hoped that members of those branches whose histories have not been written and included will be stimulated to fill in these missing chapters (histories). the longer this is delayed, the more the loss from the storehouse of memory.
Contemporary members of the family are urged to write their own life story and to forward a copy for the files of the family association. If a member does not care to make some of the more intimate details of their thoughts and experiences known beyond their immediate family circle, he or she should write two documents. The minimum which we should have in the family association file is an "Introductory Sketch", which describes those experiences, achievements, work, and principal interests which would at least introduce that person to the rest of the family members.