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Tracing back over 300 years

Published on 2/13/2016
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In my genealogy journey one of my proudest moments was tracing both my Paternal and Maternal family lines back into the early 1600's in the United States.  This a very difrficult task, because it takes a lot of hard work and a tremendous amount of documentation.

Today's TV shows on genealogy would lead you to believe that by doing a simple DNA test that you can discover your families past.  Sure it narrows down ethnic origins, but it fails to give you the names, places and life experiences of those ancestors.  Researching and discovering these ancestors is one of the true pleasures of doing the research.  As in all things worth while it takes hard work and that is the research.

My family lived in five primary areas in the United States during the Colonial period.  Family lived in New England, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.  This is unusual, but when your family line is so broad and moves in so many different directions this is possible.  

One of the road blocks to doing the research is the difference in ethnic origins in the region.  My families that lived in Maryland, New England and Virginia were English for the most part with some Scotish and Irish mixed in.  The ancestors that lived in New Jersey and New York were Dutch and German.  The quality of the paper trail for these groups would vary a great deal, but what I am most struck by is that they kept the records at all.

More on this fascinating part of my Genealogy journey later.  Thank you for your time and leave a like if you can.  As always I would love to help you find your families past.  Just drop me a line.


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