Thank you Michael Parker for setting this all up. It's a pleasure to meet all of you cousins! I'm Barbara Tien. My grandmother married into the Parker family by wedding Ross Isaac Parker in Schenectady, New York, where he was a young engineer for General Electric in 1915 or so.
His father, grandfather, and back generations were all Quakers who had come to Indiana and Ohio from North Carolina with the great Quaker migrations. I've found these stories fascinating precisely because they connect me to American history in a way that's completely new to me.
I was one of the co-founders at Ponga.com. Ponga was focused on building a better way to share family stories in pictures. Sadly, we had to take that platform offline in May of this year.
At Ponga, I'd spent so much time with our growing community in events, webinars, and support that it broke my heart to leave the community. So, during the wind-down exercise where we returned archives and made refunds, I spun up a community now called Projectkin.org. It's not a platform or software tool. We're just a community of family historians hooked on stories. I'd love to have you join us.
In fact, I've done a couple of projects as examples using my own family stories and artifacts which led me to explore more about the Albemarle Sound area and more recently, Earlham College in Richmond Indiana where my great-grandparents met.
I'd be happy to share this with any of you. Drop me a note here, or just say hi at Projectkin.org. 👋