So, I’ve been working on my family tree for about ten years now. Not full time and not regularly, but bits and pieces. So about a year ago, I started finding family members on Facebook, or rather, they found me. Since that time, I’ve linked up with about thirty relatives. Some I knew as a child and lost track of, others are new finds for me. At any rate, it is exciting and interesting to learn more about where I came from and what my relatives did.
For years, I have been listening to family stories, you know…
1.) We are related to the Presidents Harrison (not finding that link.)
2.) I am the descendant of an Indian princess. (Um, that one isn’t looking so good either, though you are welcome to refer to me as “Your Highness.)
3.) My ancestors founded “The House of David,” in Berrien, MI. (This might be a shock to those who actually did form that little commune.)
4.) One of my great+ grandfathers was a millionaire. (But we were disowned, and I can’t find anyone worth more than $1348. Go figure.)
So, as you can see, things have not gone as planned, but I can tell you, I am having a blast, and most days I have to force myself back to work and offer myself bribes on getting work done so I can trace some more.
With all that said, here is a list of the major names I am researching. If you have info or think we might be related, don’t be shy, speak up. I am an Ancestry Ace on Ancestry.com, but I still have a lot to learn.
Maternal Surnames: Dutch
- Baar/Debaar (Michigan by way of the Netherlands) – my grandfather
- Davis (Michigan by way of New York and Massachusetts) – my grandmother
- Silver (England, Massachusettes, Canada, Michigan)
Paternal Surnames: Negro
- Jones (Indiana by way of Tennessee) – my grandfather
- Thompson (Indiana by way of Tennessee and Mississippi) – my grandmother
- Evins (Mississippi)