David R. Bachinsky, An Important Contributor, Gone Too Soon

Rest in peace David R. Bachinsky, who passed away yesterday after a long and bravely fought battle with glioblastoma. David joined his cousin Jeane Robinson over the rainbow. It’s hard for me to think about one and not the other. Not only were they cousins, they were both important contributors to Irish Bowe(s) research whose giving lives ended much too soon.
First Jeane, who passed away in 2013, became one of those new breeds of friends one knows only through facebook, email and the occasional phone call. With great dedication and a fabulous sense of humor, she manually compiled and left me with a massive, 4300+ row spreadsheet of Irish Bowe(s) birth, marriage and death record information. Despite the growth of Irish records online, her spreadsheet is still invaluable to me when researching families.
Along the way Jeane introduced me to her cousin David. David had a PhD and career history in genetics and enthusiastically joined the DNA project as a co-admin. He generously shared his vast knowledge from the genetics world and helped dispel some myths that a pseudoscientist was spreading around the internet about Irish Bowe(s) history. I’ll miss my occasional phone calls with David and his gentle, giving spirit, one that seems to run right through the Bowes/Bachinsky families.
It’s hard to believe that since I started the project in 2004 both David and Jeane have now come and gone. They each left their special mark, and their contributions will continue to inform and inspire ongoing research in the Bowes One-Name Study. RIP

Welcome to the New Website!

I’ll be converting the current Bowes One-Name Study website to this one hosted by the Guild of One-Name Studies. The Guild will host this website with all its material indefinitely. Also, by providing a ‘blog’ function, the new website offers everyone a way to subscribe to see new content, whether or not they are on Facebook.

This conversion will take some time. I’ll edit and update many of the pages at the old site as I transfer them, and I’ll post update notices here as they’re transferred. I may change the template and layout occasionally while I make sure the site supports the various kinds of material I plan to include.

I’ll also recycle some old material from the Facebook timeline on this blog, since many new followers there, and those not on Facebook, may never have seen the older material. I look forward to having a more permanent, searchable record that’s accessible to everyone. (Sorry I’m not too good with catchy designs and layouts!)

Be sure to sign up for updates if you want to follow this page, but I’ll post updates to the Facebook feed too! Thanks for your patience while the website is slowly transferred here!

Martha Bowes