I have the great pleasure of having an extremely diverse ancestry. World's collided that should not have and that created me. What I have been struck by most is I'm the one left at the end of a branch of my family tree. This happened because I was the only child of my parents, my mother was the only child of her parents, her father was the only child of his parents. Not all branches are a dead end, but enough to leave this leaf with a lot of responsibility that I take very seriously.
I also have a wife who's genealogy is even more diverse in many respects. Also, world's colliding.
This all has led me to my calling. Unfortunately, I have had to take many diversions to get here as I am pretty good at many things, all of which vie for my undying attention. But, that which connects us all to history is the deepest root of my soul. I have been swimming upstream and it's now time to follow my bliss!
In this blog my intention is to share my story, hear your stories, connect to the spirit chain of our shared DNA and experiences. I promise this will be fascinating if you are interested in knowing more about yourself and how we are all connected.
I will begin by sharing the big picture for myself and my wife.
My lineage is deeply rooted in the US all the way back to the 1600's and before (early VA native american), Swiss, French, German, English, Scottish, Irish, covering the states of IN, KY, IA, NE, OK, IL, CT, MA, PA, VA, GA, OH, NC, MD, TN, KS, and also Canada.
My wife's is Vietnamese, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Norwegian, English.
We have a lot covered.
This leads to why what I do is different. Most people in the field call themselves experts in certain areas of research. Most the time this is because that is where their ancestors where from, so they have spend a lot of time researching in those areas, thus where their expertise by default lies. This always was a dilemma for me when I worked as a full time researcher for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. My realization was that my dilemma was my strength in offering a wide net of knowledge through many states. I took on cases from all over the states, cases no other genealogist wanted to tackle. I learned a tremendous amount about genealogy findings and trends throughout the US. My life long love of early American history up to 1850 (you got to stop somewhere!) really helped mold my passion.
I have 12 ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, two that fought directly under George Washington, one that qualifies my membership in the Cincinnati Society as he was an Virginia officer under George Washington. I descend from 2 of the last Werworances (Chiefs) of the Wicocomino tribe (of the Powhatan Empire) proven through DNA testing. I have two family descendants that went to West Point, one graduating in 1815 the other 1840 who become a colonel, I descend from several founders of Stratford, CT with my descendants from this line migrating throughout territories in OH, IA, NE, and OK all before becoming states, real trail blazers.
All of this is important to me as I grew up knowing nothing about any of the above, but was strongly drawn to American History from a young age. I still devour and keep up with all the new non fiction biography and history books coming out. There has never been a more historically prolific time for actual truth seeking.
This is where my strength and offering lie. To go even more in depth with my passions, I believe there is a spiritual connection to our biology as well as the physical one. I follow a path that is guided by not only my knowledge of sources, but my inner guides who have found treasure troves of information that I would not have found otherwise. Synchronicity!
I will share many crazy stories of how my path has been guided by what I should find, even when I'm looking for something else.
Curious? Keep following....