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.