Welcome to Digging Down East! In 2015, I concentrated my research on 10 of my Canadian family tree lines. I discovered that having that focus brought me closer to my Nova Scotia and New Brunswick roots. What wonderful Canadian contacts (many related!) I made throughout the year! So many times, social media, particularly Facebook Groups, proved invaluable to me, with so many folks willing to visit cemeteries for me, do look-ups in out-of-print books, and even do library research. The distance from Ohio to the Maritimes never seemed long!
In 2016 and 2017, I plan to focus on "my 64," as I like to call my 4th great grandparents. For some of these, I can follow them, genealogically speaking, "from cradle to grave." For others, I don't even know their names! But 64 seems a reasonable number of direct ancestors to work on, and already I see some interesting patterns:
- I have 2 sets of 4th great grandparents named Seavey, Libby, and Hamilton, and 3 sets of 4th great grandparents named Steeves!
- I have 2 sets of 4th great grandparents who are my 4th great grandparents twice:
William Brackley, Jr. and Anna Clayton
Simon Packard and Nancy Jordan
- I have 4 sets of 4th great grandparents whose names are unknown to me:
The parents of James Ross
The parents of Effie Constantine
The parents of Margaret Ferguson
The parents of William Harnett
- I am missing the first name of Miss Stevens who married Jonathan Seavey and the last name of Jane who married Richard Henry Norris,
So happy 2016 and off I go, biting off a big chunk of the trunk of my family tree, and excited to discover more fascinating stories "digging down east!"
My 4th Great Grandparents
Allison Libby II
David L. Libby
William Brackley, Jr. (Twice)
Simon Packard (Twice)
Richard Henry Norris
_____ _____ (Parents of James Ross)
_____ _____ (Parents of Effie Constantine)
Hannah Veckle Beck
_____ _____(Parents of Margaret Ferguson)
_____ _____ (Parents of William Harnett)