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Old 03-29-2018, 08:00 AM
 
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I'm jealous, seeing you go back so far.

The best we can do is 4 generations on one side and 5 on the other thanks to the Nazis and the Eastern European pogroms
I haven't tackled tracing family in Europe; I'm still trying to figure out where in Eastern Europe we're from. But JewishGen is a great resource and might be able to track further back.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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I had one ancester in England that was drawn and quartered for treason!
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Direct descendant of: at least 12 of the Mayflower Pilgrims (maybe more); 11 of the 16 original white settlers on Nantucket, and many (so many) of the founding fathers in many towns on the Massachusetts coast, from Newburyport, to Gloucester, South Shore, and the Cape. Most of my ancestors arrived during the Great Migration and so I have many, many famous distant cousins who also descend from those same ancestors- all kinds of presidents, artists, actors, musicians, etc. I realized that the street that one of my friends lives on in Scituate, MA.. was actually named for my 9th and 10th great grandfather (descendant on 2 different lines). Many places that I have randomly felt the need to visit in recent years have turned out to be very close to the residences or burial places of many of these other ancestors (which i didn't know at the time I visited those areas).

Perhaps the best find was that my best friend (of 45 years!- she's definitely the yin to my yang) and I shared a set of grandparents, 10 generations ago. I mean.. I always knew we had a soul connection, but not a DNA connection!
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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Forgot- also a direct descendant of Samuel Wardwell, one of the Salem witches that was executed.
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Old 05-21-2018, 08:03 PM
 
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Hrm... well, among other things...

* If I really wanted to, I could join both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Empire Loyalists.

* My 11th great grandfather Stephen Hopkins wasn't just a Mayflower passenger -- prior to that he took a voyage on the Sea Venture, which was supposed to go to Virginia but got shipwrecked in Bermuda (and that shipwreck subsequently served as inspiration for Shakespeare's play "The Tempest").

* Another 11th great grandfather of mine, Edward Wightman, was burned at the stake for heresy -- twice. It was so gruesome that he was officially the last person in England to be burned at the stake for heresy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Wightman

* My 9th great grandmother Esther Dutch Elwell was accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, but lucked out because the court was disbanded before she could be tried. (I actually learned about that from the Sarah Jessica Parker episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?")
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Old 05-21-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: The High Desert
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I recently linked back to a Mayflower family but they weren’t the first to eyeball the New World — another ancestor was a Dutch crew member on Henry Hudson’s ship that reached the current location of Albany in 1609. His kids came later as Dutch settlers.

My Union soldier ancestor was injured building earth and timber defenses at Cold Harbor after surviving the Battle of the Wilderness. He was sent to recuperate at a hospital and missed dying at the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg VA along with many of his comrades. Lucky for me.
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:41 AM
 
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I've found some semi-embarrassing ones. My Arkansas distant cousins arrested for bootlegging for instance. That's just funny to me. Appalling finding, one of my GGG uncles coming home from the Civil War, found the woman he loved with his brother and killed them both. OMG. This story was never passed down to me by my mother. I don't think she was aware of it.
I love it when I find "dirt" and other scandals like this in my tree. It makes these people more human and more interesting.

I also have a distant cousin who was a bootlegger. The wife of another distant cousins was also the madam of a whorehouse. After she was busted and they were divorced, she married one of the johns who was busted along with her during the raid on the whorehouse.

Another distant cousin ran off and eloped with his nephew's 19-year-old wife in 1905. He was a 52-year-old successful businessman. After a nine-month search that spanned from St. Louis to Denver and to Albuquerque, they were finally busted in San Francisco and charged with bigamy.

One of my third great uncles survived the Civil War, but he drowned on the way home from the war while crossing a creek. (I always thought that was ironic. He survived a brutal war, but died while doing something mundane.) He left a wife and two children. The wife remarried. Her and her new husband along with his step children (my cousins) moved the eastern Oklahoma as soon as it opened up for settlement. I've written about this family before: I call them the "Beverly Hillbillies." They struck oil in Oklahoma, started an oil company, and bought more land across Oklahoma and northern Texas. In 1910, they were the richest family in Oklahoma. One of the descendants of this third great uncle is Robert McCulloch, the crazy millionaire who bought London Bridge and had it moved stone by stone from the UK and to the Arizona desert.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:03 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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Whenever I hear these family stories, I wonder how people find them. Are you getting them from newspaper articles or some other source? I feel lucky to find a birth date or other mundane fact.
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Whenever I hear these family stories, I wonder how people find them. Are you getting them from newspaper articles or some other source? I feel lucky to find a birth date or other mundane fact.
Depends what it is. Newspapers do often provide a lot of detail but even your usual vital records or censuses can tell a story.
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Old 05-22-2018, 11:06 PM
 
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Whenever I hear these family stories, I wonder how people find them. Are you getting them from newspaper articles or some other source? I feel lucky to find a birth date or other mundane fact.
Actually, old newspaper articles can be a wealth of info.

My great grandfather was killed in an employee gone postal sitch.

There are tons of newspaper articles about the shooting and the trial for the person who shot him.

Other sources are death certs in the case of odd deaths; obituaries can sometimes be very descriptive of unusal deaths as well as death notices in newspapers.

Sometimes you have a relative who shows up in either a prison census or a mental asylum which can lead to info.
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