The books haven't closed yet on my history! :)
When last I checked, I am 25-degrees-separated from AJ Jacobs, with one non-DNA connection in the mix. I expect and hope that this separation will continue to shrink as I fill in more of my ancestry. At one point it looked like a game of degrees-of-separation between me and James Spader. :)
"Is that flower a picture of you?"
I'm American, and so I tend to view my family genealogy in terms of my ancestors' pre-American roots.
My paternal grandfather's family, lastly by the names of Salsbury and Baker, seems, if nothing else to have been quite Welsh. They eventually combined in and around Martin County, North Carolina and lived in the vicinity for generations. They had been slave-holders -- "planters", a fact I find painful to contemplate. I have been lately trying to find and document the names of the people they held and traded in slavery. As an armchair genealogist, at the very least it would seem appropriate to do what I can to restore these peoples' history. I have only scarce insight through scattered documentation of how my blood-ancestors related to their slaves on a personal level (when they did or at least thought they did), but in some way I do feel like they're tragically part of my family, too, and are more deserving than anyone of being put on the genealogical map.
Many of the immigrant ancestors in my paternal grandmother's line were Pilgrims, Puritans, and New Netherland settlers, with the notable exception of her y-line, the Colgates, who arrived to in the 1780s and started a soap company. Many in her maternal family, last by the name Leonard, were in New England and New York since European immigration began.
My maternal grandfather's family name, Shear comes from what we believe to have been either ethnically Dutch but technically German or possibly a German Palatine family. The Shear side of his family is mostly English, though, and settled in New York and Vermont, many having immigrated to the Connecticut Colony. Many men in my maternal grandfather's family were soldiers. His mother's family, lastly by the surname Knox, had mostly lived in Kentucky for a few generations, many having originated in Colonial Virginia. Among them were some Hanks cousins of Abraham Lincoln.
My maternal grandmother's family, lastly of the name Maddox, also seems, on her father's side, to have mainly followed the Virginia-to-Kentucky path, while her mother's family, lastly names Mutch and Stewart, were Scots who made their way to Ohio in the 1800s.
Ancestry.com claims my genetic ancestry is:
I have not yet identified any Scandinavian or Iberian Peninsula ancestors.
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On 9 Oct 2017 at 15:43 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:
On 5 Mar 2017 at 02:16 GMT Carolyn Adams wrote:
On 23 Jan 2017 at 01:11 GMT -- (Whitsett) Benton Ph.D. wrote:
On 3 Jan 2017 at 14:48 GMT Stephanie Ward wrote:
On 12 Dec 2016 at 15:14 GMT Anonymous (May) Mayo wrote:
Please take the lead on editing and merging matches Joyner-89 and Joyner-151.
If you would like a copy of the Will of Theophilus Joyner for uploading, I can share that with you or I can upload it upon your okay.
Please set the dates to match on both profiles as you see fit and complete the merge.
On 5 Jul 2016 at 00:48 GMT Carolyn (Fisher) Lynett wrote:
On 5 Jul 2016 at 00:28 GMT David Mason wrote:
Needs more investigation before a merge.
On 4 Jul 2016 at 20:48 GMT Carolyn (Fisher) Lynett wrote: