About Me

Welcome to Heartland Genealogy! Since my family has been in Kansas for several generations, I am truly a product of the Heartland. Genealogy is my hobby. When websites were in their infancy, I created a site to share my research. Since every website needed a name, I named that site, ‘Heartland Genealogy’. Over the years, the ways that I’ve freely shared my research have evolved. But one thing has remained – the name ‘Heartland Genealogy’

Below is a list of my 2nd great grandfathers and their Kansas connections.

  • Briles, Alexander – Coffey County, Kansas
  • Crawford, Washington Marion – Ford County, Kansas
  • Currey, Hiram – Leavenworth County, Kansas
  • Hammond, Richmond Fisk – Ford County, Kansas
  • Hutchinson, Albert – Doniphan County, Kansas
  • Mentzer, George – Woodson County, Kansas
  • Ricketts, James Marshall – Woodson County, Kansas
  • Wells, Thurston Kennedy – Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas

This site is an attempt to resurrect my site on RootsWeb (currently offline). I will also post projects as I get them accomplished.

Prior to 2015, I used The Master Genealogist (TMG) to record my work. Along with TMG, I used John Cardinal’s Second Site software to publish my genealogy data online. The Wayback machine captured my 2014 Heartland Genealogy site. Since TMG ceased support, I investigated various software options. Even though I didn’t find a solution that provides the same level of customization provided by TMG, I elected to switch to RootsMagic.

Due to that switch, I am in the process of syncing my research with Family Search. On FamilySearch, my grandfathers are Leon Crawford (LDQQ-PVCC) and Edward Osmund Briles (LWYR-98X).

Some of my data is also on Ancestry.com — Heartland Genealogy.

Since RootsMagic will publish my genealogy data online for free, I have elected to use their tool instead of purchasing space to host it online. My Heartland Genealogy RootsMagic data

I am trying to record some of the family stories in my blog and write about my genealogy experiences in a blog. Much of those writings were posted on this Heartland Genealogy WordPress blog. However, I had switched to Blogger but am switching back due to changes in the Blogger editor. Since I have quite a few CRAWFORD posts on my Heartland Genealgoy Blogger site, please check it out. I also have a website, Heartland Genealogy (of course), where I have resurrected some of my old sites.

My Twitter handle is @mcphilbrick. I include my maiden name on Facebook: Marcia Crawford Philbrick.

Marcia Philbrick
Seneca, Kansas

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Lyndsey Eggleston born Hutchinson

    Hey Marcia,

    Regarding Albert J Hutchinson who married Julia Harding (and also Eliza Valkenburgh), I did confirm that Cynthia Hutchinson Finch, sister of Aaron Hutchinson, possibly took care of Albert and that is why he’s on the census with Ephraim Finch and Cynthia Hutchinson Finch.

    Aaron Hutchinson did marry Sarah Merry, b. Abt 1812.

    We’re you able to confirm that Whiting Merry and Elizabeth Peabody are her parents.


    Lyndsey (born Hutchinson)

  2. Hello, I’m a descendant of Joseph B. Ham and Dolly Crawford of Madison County KY. Married in 1795. I am at a brick wall trying to find Dolly’s ancestry. All I have is that she listed her mother as Molly on the marriage record. I can’t find any Molly in Madison County KY at this time. Only the Mary that you write of who based on her marriage and timeline seems to be too young. Any help is appreciated.

    1. mcphilbrick

      Do you have a tree on Ancestry or a link to your Dolly Crawford on the FamilySearch tree? I have her in my database — but my only source is the book, Madison County, Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1 1786-1822. I have her parents as Alexander Crawford and Molly – but no source. Since I don’t have more sources attached, I’m guessing that I entered her in my database quite a few years ago. Almost all of my recent Crawford research is shared on my blog. I would love to see how our research connects. Please email me at mcphilbrick at gmail.com

  3. Dear Marcia,

    Do you ever review books on your blog. If so, you might be interested in some of our Ohio (heartland) or general titles (How-to, textbooks). Please let me know if you would like to see any of them.

    Joe Garonzik, Marketing Director
    Genealogical Publishing Co.

    1. mcphilbrick

      I haven’t reviewed any genealogy books. I’m not sure I would be a good reviewer since I tend to pick and choose portions of a nonfiction book to read versus reading the entire book.

      Thank you for the offer.

  4. Dear Marcia, I read your column about note-taking today. Very informative. I’m sure it will help a lot of your readers. If you don’t own a copy of the 4th edition of THE RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY, I would be happy to send it to you. (Among other things it has a good section on notetaking and organizing in general.) No obligation on your part. There is so much information in it, you can pick and choose from time to time if you find sections that are helpful.
    Joe Garonzik
    Marketing Dir.
    Genealogical Publishing Co.

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