About This Site


Welcome to “Where’s Rose?” – a website and blog devoted to sharing my family’s history, genealogy and oral traditions. Here, you will find stories, photos, documents and research related to both the Belles/Merry family and the Baker/Coomer family.

I’ve also included a category for the Hamilton Asylum for the Insane. It was Rose’s last home – she spent 32 years of her life there. I’m fascinated about asylum history and have a lot of interesting information to share.

I hope you enjoy the site.

Navigating this site

On the “Home” page, you will find all individual posts, listed in reverse chronological order.

From the “Home” page, you can navigate to the other sections of this site.

The menu along the top of the page includes:

“Who’s Who?” – Displays the four family trees related to this site.

“Finding Rose” – The biography of Rosetta Silverstein Fielden.

“The Gamekeeper’s Secret” – The origins of Thomas Large – head gamekeeper of England’s Holkham estate.

“Contact” – Use this form to contact me through this site.

The “Categories” list on the right side of the page will filter the posts to include only posts on a particular family or subject.

To get an email notification when new material is added to this site, click the “Follow” button on the right side of the page.

Who the heck is Rose?

Rose (Rosetta Silverstein Fielden) is a great-great grandmother on my maternal side. I heard her story as a child and carried it with me for decades. In 2010, when I started working on my family’s genealogy, it was Rose’s history that I first wanted to uncover. My obsession with “Finding Rose” led to years of research into her life and the lives of other characters in my family tree. Much of my travel over the past decade has taken me to libraries, archives, museums and graveyards – often with willing family in tow. This work has brought me closer to my family, has fed my curious mind, and has given me a lifelong project of discovery. I am grateful to have “found” Rose and I dedicate my work and this site to her.