I’m an attorney and a legal editor living in the beautiful state of Oregon. I started working on my genealogy in 2010. This journey has taken a lot of twists and turns – not the least of which was uncovering the “fact” that my last name may not be what I thought it was (you’ll have to read my blog to learn the whole story!). Along the way I’ve learned that I’m descended from two remarkable and heroic women – Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer; I’ve traced one line back to the Mayflower (jackpot!); I’ve found ancestors who’ve fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII; I’ve learned that my ancestors were hard workers – whether they were in the iron mines in Michigan, a blacksmith shop in Vermont, or farmers tilling the land in Vermont, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Oregon; and I’ve uncovered some ancestors with questionable histories as well. It’s all part of the package.

Since I started this blog I’ve connected with someone whose grandfather served with my grandfather in a remote region of India during WWII.  I’ve discovered cousins all over the East Coast and found one just a few miles down the road from me that I’d never met before. My family has gotten much larger thanks to this little blog. My entries may be few and far between, but I hope you’ll enjoy reading it when I do find something new to write about.

Here are some of the many surnames I’m researching:

Arnold – Banks – Bernard – Bliven – Blodgett – Bowker – Brigham – Buell – Bugbee – Burlingame – Carruth – Chase – Crandall – Dyer – Edwards – Fisk – Fuller (of the Mayflower Fullers) – Grout – Hilton – Hubbard – Hutchinson – Jacobs (well, not really, turns out we’re really Hovers – or Hubers – or Hoovers….) – Kelley – Mattson – Oakes – Patterson – Peak/Peake – Pollard – Rowe – Rowley – Seeley – Tenney – Warner.


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  1. Hello!
    My name is John Prugh and we are cousins with Cyrus Jacobs as our nearest common ancestor. I’m related through his daughter Miriam, who marries, as his second wife, William P. Armington. The DNA results from the Jacobs men and your results were more than a little distressing as our original paper path back to Nicholas had no fatal flaws and fit the very typical migration pattern to Chester, Vermont. So I’d love to start a dialogue you and the rest of us who had to prune a large limb off our family trees. I doubt that my y-DNA test will be very helpful as I’m connected through my great grandmother, but I’m certainly willing to share information and I just mailed in my mitochondrial and autosomal samples so maybe there are clues in the latter.

    Anyway, in case the technology doesn’t port my e-mail address, you may contact me at johnmprugh@gmail.com.

    Happy hunting!

    John M Prugh


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