This blog is for the purpose of sharing information about my ancestors, which I've gathered from over 35 years of research. I have a heritage that is an American melting pot: Greek, Irish, French, English, Scottish, Dutch and several other European nationalities, plus some Native American. I'm endlessly fascinated with the combination of people who came together to make me, and I want to know as much as possible about them.
Many of my ancestors exist only as names and dates, but some have a story to tell, and for these individuals, I have written biographies. The bulk of the biographies come from three branches of my pedigree that trace back to 17th century North American colonies: New France, New England and New Netherlands. These people are fairly well-documented because many colonial records have survived. And since the people lived so long ago, they have a massive amount of descendants, some of whom have done extensive research on them. My New France and New Netherlands branches include some of the very first settlers there; my New England branch doesn't go back to the Mayflower, but has several people who sailed with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. I feel lucky to be connected to so much history.
My biographies also include people who lived during the 18th,19th and 20th centuries. These people have a much smaller number of descendants because they're more recent, but at least a few people might benefit from my research. If nothing else, my blogs serve as a tribute to these ancestors.
Each post features the biography of one of my ancestors. I issue them in no particular order; I've made an index to help reference them. I hope that readers will get something out of my efforts. If anyone wants to offer information, or just to connect with me, please leave a comment. Thank you.