Tracing our Ancestors

Discussion in 'History' started by tinbucket, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

    Somewhere my Dad had more distant records. But I have information back to England where my great, great. great, grandfather Nathanial C fell in love with and married an Irish Girl and was banished from the English family in England. I guess in the day the Irish were severely looked down on by the Brits! They moved to Dublin. Later the ancestors came to Elis Island in NY as immigrants. I believe due to the Potatoe famine? Then split up to other areas in the USA. Winchester VA., GA., Indiana, and even some as far as CA. But following ancestors is exciting. If I ever get the time I am going to do more in depth research.
    Has anyone here done any research through Ancestry.Com and is it factual???

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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    My ancestors tended to be close lipped about their pasts. That whole "Statute of Limitations" thingy. Scoundrels, rogues, rustlers and smugglers. Part of the family made it from Scotland to Ireland to the US, where they met up with the other side of the family- now Eastern Band Cherokee. The family motto should be "Quae negare" (Deny everything)
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  3. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

    i used Ancestry.Com years ago when it was still free to use. from what i did know to be factual about our family and what they published on their site seemed to be reasonably accurate. but, there seemed to be areas that information was just missing.

    when the ancestry sites started charging for a membership to do any searching was about the time i stopped doing anymore research.
  4. tinbucket

    tinbucket Well-Known Member

    We have contributed, a lot to their database, over the years.We being our Family and Distant Cousins.
    There is a whole lot that is not on their site.
    We have been all over Sotuhwest Va and east Tn, and Arkansas and Ohio and Indiana, in graveyards and historical societies.
    We have one Cousin who of the last few years, has invested much time and energy finding out hidden details to finish the lineage and stories. The first Court of Claiborne County was in my
    Ancestors home. The first Court , off Hamilton County was in my Great Aunt's and Husbands tavern, home and courthouse, and is no fully restored.
    A Cousin in Va finally found the grave and stone, of my Fifth G Grand Father who served in the Revolution, in Valley Forge. Now we have to get it marked by the Army and DAR and SAR once we get the paper trail down.
    I have got to find out where he found it and go do a chalk rubbing so it can be read better. Another excuse to go through the hills and hollows of South West Va and Northeast Tn.
    A couple of Cousins are trying to put together a tour, of all the sites where they lived the Churches they attended, Historical sites and parks around where some died and the farms, and Court houses.
    Cousin in the AF will finish his book that will break off at my GG Grand father, in Ark.
    Illness etc have kept me and another Cousin from getting ours together. I hope she has done some work she hasn't talked about.
    It is a good excuse/ reason, to tour the Country and be of purpose.
  5. MisterMills

    MisterMills Active Member

    I came out with black hair, brown eyes and the ability to tan well. I have a sister that is a dark blond, with pale skin and green eyes; and a brother that has red tinted hair, and green eyes. God must like variety, and my family is varied too.
    My mother tended towards reddish hair, with green eyes; and she did not take to suntanning.

    I have called myself a mutt, and people look at me, and think that I am denigrating myself.
    I am not, since I must have every variety of English/Scott/Welsh tribe, floating around inside of my bloodline. And I am OK with that.
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  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    I did the DNA "My Heritage"

    Bit surprised. I thought I had a little French and German, but the DNA says only Welsh and Scottish.
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  7. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

    There any of them still in Winchester? That's where I'm at.
  8. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Well-Known Member

    Its hard to say for sure.
    I do know many of my great grandparents were first generation born in the USA.
    They all seemed to arrive some time after the American Civil War.
    Im a third generation High School Grad.
    My grandfather relates how he attended a one room country school along with old long bearded immigrant farmers (1911).
    Grampa Rex's barn was built from wood Salvaged from the grist mill at Walnut.
    Related how during the Great Depression he made ends meet by hireing out at a $1 a day working his team of horses operating a Fresno on a Road Commission road project.
    My great uncle used two canes to walk as the team of horses he was listing corn ran off through a barbed wire fence and messed up his legs.
    Most the men their age only had a 8th grade education.
    Another great uncle had no index finger from a corn picker roller chain, in fact so did one the grandfathers on moms side, her mom was missing part of her thumb when a grain truck sluce door dropped down and sliced it right off.
    Most my relatives had wood cooking ranges still in their homes, one had a ornate coal burning parlor stove in the parlor.
    I remember those old farm houses didnt have any heat upstairs where the bedrooms were, thats what those quilts and feather beds were for.
    The home I grew up in was old, some said it was built in 1904 or 1907.
    Dad tried to put a new curcuit breaker box in to replace the old fuse box, to route in new wire he needed to use a hole saw and the wood he found was rough cut cotton wood which the old timers in the township said were harvested off the Niobrara river bottom just a few miles to the north and brougt in by horse wagon.
    The windows were narrow and warbly to see through (cast glass windows) we could hear mice running through the plaster and lath walls, that was one darn cold house to grow up in esp at -12F.
    The siding was held on with square nails.
    And my parents were the first to attend college, Dad used to point out dark soot spots blead through the wall paint at Gramps house where there used to hang oil wall lamps in the times before REA.
    Gramps still had his Studebaker wagon they used to pick corn with.
    Telling about picking and husking corn by hand and hitting the bank board.
    Bringing in to the corn crib.
    Them.old guys still had the leather harness hanging in the barns.
    Them old Nebraska Barns are huge.
    Later on they got a 2 row corn picker.
    I remember my grandmother getting ready to go to town to 'Go Trading' a hold over from the egg & cream days.
    When I was little I reacall seeing the big red Egg & Cream truck drive up to my grandparents place to pick up their eggs and cream cans of cream at the root cellar.
    Grandma would use a club on varmits in her henhouse, she milked 3 cows by hand, they used to milk 12 by hand back during WW2.
    A couple them way back families moved here because the economy in Bohemia was pretty bad (Free land in America) and some more moved because of the Second Schleswig War (Free Land in America and No dang Prussians!), and then there is some English thrown in somewhere along the line.
    Since I moved to Alaska (jobs in Alaska)
    Its pretty safe bet I wont encounter any distant relatives here.

    I can locate were a couple the old post offices and stores that used to exist in the townships.

    Had some good times at the Z.C.B.J. hall.

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  9. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

    with some people, if you were to trace their ancestral lineage, the family tree would be very straight, with no branches! :eek::p:D

    it's why inbreeding is discouraged! o_O
  10. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Well-Known Member

    It was that way back home.
    I'd bring a girl home and my folks would get to talking to her only to find out she was related (that happened a couple times)
    What was strange was that was happening after moving to the opposite end the State from where I grew up! :eek:

    Well I moved to Alaska and married a eskimo I never had that problem again. :D

    Now the thing is Alaska is a pretty small place when it comes to people.
    Its amazeing just how folks really are related out here.
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  11. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

    i did not mean to infer anything about anyone! it was just something i read years ago on bumper sticker i think!
  12. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Well-Known Member

    Didn't someone chop your family tree down? I thought it was just an old stump now! :eek:
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  13. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

    but the stump still has roots! :D
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  14. KGun75

    KGun75 New Member

    I've done a lot of research on my ancestry over the years. What I'm particularly interested in is trying to figure out my great grandfather's real name was when he legally immigrated in early 1910. He came over on a freight liner but not through Ellis Island. I've searched every records for every known immigration port and have turned up nothing. He always said "We are Americans. We don't talk about the old country." He only spoke English and never said a word about his past.
  15. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    St Lawrence wetback? There used to be quotas, on how may of what nationalities could enter each month. If you came on an english flagged ship, and your quota was met, they’d dump you in Newfoundland. Many of those folks came south into the US.
  16. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

    My brother just received a treasure trove of family information.

    Paternal: we are true Transylvanian. My father's line comes from Sibiu, Romania, the center of old Transylvania. Sibiu or Hermannstadt, has been a Saxon town since the 12th century when they were invited in as soldiers to protect the area from eastern Invaders. (The moral here, invite me and my family over and you may have guests for much longer than you intended!)
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    My grandfather emigrated to the US around 1919 I think, I'll have to check with my brother, I've forgotten.
    Still have more tracking to do on this front. None of this info was available until the end of the communist regime.

    Maternal: Dutch English. My great, great.....grandfather was killed at the Battle of White Plains in the revolution. The family never left the area, my mother was born in WPs as was my grandmother.
    I don't have any info on the old country yet.

    My sister is awaiting DNA results, so I'll have a little more info soon.
  17. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

    I have NO idea, and don't care !.............
  18. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    I am sorry it took so long to respond to your question!
    I do not personally know any of them in Winchester VA. But I know there is many Carters listed in the Telephone Directory. I may try to reach out if I can find my Dad's ancestry document. I am sure I can find some names in it that would be an ancestor of some of the Carters there! I believe I have it here somewhere. I put it away in a Safe Place and obviously it is! Because I have not seen it for several years!:rolleyes:
    I know I am one of my far distant Great Grandfather's ancestors from Ireland because like most Irish decedents who came to America during the Potato Famine, they were pre-disposed by God, to either be Police or Firemen. I spent almost 30 years in law enforcement! OH did I tell you about my other God given predisposition? I like good Irish and other good "Quality Whiskey!:p

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  19. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Well-Known Member

    Most of my ancestors came in through Chicago in the 1870's
    So there must have been some sort port of entry processing there.
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  20. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

    i wonder how many ports of entry there were that immigrants came through?