I was born and raised in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Most summers we would visit either my father's relatives in the mountains of southern West Virginia or my mother's family on the coast of Maine. Both of my parents came from large families and small towns and it seemed as if everyone we met was related one way or another. So, listening to my parents reminisce about some family event or gossip was part of the fun of those summer trips and piqued my interest in family history. Now I wish I had thought to take notes!
During my senior year of high school, I had the wonderful opportunity to do a one-year homestay in France. Besides being changed forever by the exciting challenges of living in a foreign culture and learning a foreign language, I was surprised to find out that my surname, which I had always thought of as being English or Irish, was also the second most common French surname! I guess since then I've had in the back of my mind that maybe there are some French ancestors in my past that have been calling me to learn about my possible French heritage.
At university, I did a B.A. in International Relations (minor: French, of course) and then did an M.Ed. in TESOL. During my studies I had developed an interest in Asia, so, when I had an opportunity to teach in Japan, I decided to work there for a year or two. That was more than 20 years ago!
About five years ago, I started doing some online searching of my paternal MARTIN line, but put that aside because I ran into a wall. Then, about three years ago, my interest in family history was renewed after a family reunion in Maine. So, I went back online to research my MARSTON (maternal) line. That has lead to many exciting discoveries and interconnected family lines, including MOULTON, SANBORN, PEASE, SIMMONS, WENTWORTH, BAYTON, and SOUTHWORTH, to name a few. But, there are questions involving several lines, so I'm looking forward to hopefully resolving those. I had been primarily using Ancestry, but noticed inconsistent information or a lack of sources. Then, I found WikiTree was working hard to provide accurate, sourced information,so I started using it to check other information. Finally, I decided that I wanted to join and be a part of the community.
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On 31 Dec 2018 at 03:22 GMT David Selman wrote:
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On 18 Dec 2018 at 00:03 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:
Wow great start, were the How-Tos pages helpful or did they leave you with questions?
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On 6 Dec 2018 at 19:51 GMT Jeanie (Thornton) Roberts wrote:
On 5 Dec 2018 at 17:33 GMT Stanley Elswick wrote:
I am from southern WV and have a Martin line that I trace back to late 1700s. Unlikely we are related but glad to share notes if you like.
On 3 Dec 2018 at 08:25 GMT Vicky (Freeth) Majewski wrote:
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