I admit it. I have ancestor bias. I have spent an inordinately disproportionate time on the following New England families: Bradstreet/Broadstreet, Bursley, Day, Scott, Spencer, Stanwood/Stainwood, Wasgatt/Wescott, White. These are my favorite ancestors, the ones I think about as I fall asleep at night. You'll find plenty of posts about them as I work to bring their stories to life. You'll also find some other research on my southern roots (Arkansas, Texas and surrounding areas) as well as my Norwegian and German lines.
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My foray into family history began at the ripe old age of about seven. I’d query my mother persistently about our ancestry, hoping that the more I’d ask, the more information I’d get. She’d repeatedly tell me the same thing: I was English, Irish, Welsh, German and Norwegian (all correct) and Native American (not correct). This obviously didn’t suffice to satisfy my curiosity, so when I became old enough to drive, I’d go to the library and search through old issues of the New England Historic and Genealogical Register as well as other old books. One thing led to another, and before you knew it, I was ordering birth and death certificates, writing to historical societies, interviewing long-forgotten relatives, and going on research trips to Maine, Massachusetts and Minnesota, the native states of my ancestors.
A few decades later, I’m still passionate about my family history, and owe a debt of gratitude to my grandmother, who inspired me with stories about my pioneer forebears and salt-of-the-earth ancestors. She told me of Albert Stanwood, the lumberman who braved the brutal winters of Maine and Minnesota, felling trees. Stories of the Mayflower and Revolutionary War ancestors also intrigued me, and unlike the Native American myth, I found we really DID have family aboard that famous ship. Yup, my colonial ancestors also fought for our country’s freedom. After much research and cousin-collaboration, I was able to successfully join both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.