The research on these pages is the combined efforts of many people -- some of whom I've never met -- to whom I am grateful as I never would have gotten this far without their efforts!
I am researching both my mother's and father's sides of the family. Every new piece of information that I find is like a present that I treasure and savor. I never knew when I started how much I would enjoy the research and discovery -- the sense of connection that I would find with my past.
We know very little about my paternal grandfather's family. His mother left her husband when my grandfather was very young and moved across the country. We're not sure why as no one ever talked much about his family. They originally came from Kentucky and moved to Missouri shortly after he was born.
My paternal grandmother's family is from Missouri. Her mother also left her husband and moved to Washington. The question I now wonder is if they knew each other before they made the trip and/or if they traveled together. Otherwise, how would two women from the same area with small children end up in a small town in Washington, halfway across the country from where they started?
My maternal grandmother's family came from England and Scotland. Through the work of others, we are able to trace many of our ancestors back to the 1100's.
My maternal grandfather's family is more of a mystery. We know very little about his ancestors and where they came from. Searching has made me realize how important it is to ask questions before it's too late, as it may already be.
If anyone has any additional information, corrections or questions, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear from you.