posted on May, 10 2013 @ 11:21 AM
Yep! Spent about three years researching it on a daily basis.
Dad's maternal side were Germans living in Poland and they came here at around 1900. (I'm too lazy to open up the geneaology that is sitting right
next to me). They were highly educated and very strict. His father's side was Finnish, and I can't find much about them. When my grandfather
married my grandmother, they had to elope in Canada, and he changed his name to an Irish one - no one knows why. But it probably had a lot to do with
him being absolutely rejected by her father - who didn't speak to either of them for YEARS.
Mom's paternal side goes back 14 generations, they came over from England right before the English Civil War, in the 1630s and settled in Rhode Island
with that group of non-Puritans - I actually wrote a novel based on my research, but it's entirely fiction except for the details. Cornell was a
family name - yes, Cornell University, also a scandalous colonial trial involving murder and witchcraft.
Sherman is another on that side - also colonial settlers. I got as far back as the towns & birth records in the 1500s. Even looked at the parish
records of Essex (available free online) to when they first started keeping records under Queen Elizabeth. Others on that side came later - a Scot
came over alone in the 1800s, married a girl from London, she became pregnant and he died in a logging accident in Canada before the baby boy was
born. That baby married an Irish baptist girl who had come over as a little girl. They had a bevvy of children that led to my grandfather.
So, I'm a DAR candidate as well as a '3rd generation' immigrant - fascinating to read their stories and find out what ships they came on, when, where
they lived by looking at Census records, etc. Fun stuff.
Eventually I exhausted the trail. And now I live here (on ATS)
On Mom's maternal side, they were German farmers.
It's fascinating to read about. I did all the research myself but stopped short of paying for records. I refused to pay to know my family history.
edit on 10-5-2013 by wildtimes because: (no reason given)