March 17th, 2011

_NOT_ Dutch

One of my grandparents never lived in the US. One came to the US. One was gestating on the boat over and born here. And then there's the American mutt.

The grandfather who came over, and his wife whose parents came over right before she was born, connect me to the awesomely easy to use The grandfather who never lived in the US was a Kleine Gemeinde Mennonite (or at least born one) and thus connects me to a massive genealogical community I was aware of an am increasingly familiar with (for what it's worth, I and my youngest sister, even, made it in before compilation closed on Aron C. Toews' Family register in 1972).

And then there's the American mutt.

The recently-American (hey, Canada is not part of the US but it is part of America) genealogy research is qualitatively different from American-for-generations in some ways and exactly the same in others. In any event, things have tended to work best with the mutt when I can build up enough information to be certain of a connection to a reliable genealogical work, and then use that to build a connection to another reliable genealogical work, etc. This is different from the Mennonites, in that I already have the reliable connection handed to me with the Mennonites. It is different from the Dutch work because I have online access to almost 200 years worth of vital statistics records through

I was amused to realize the other day that I probably could satisfy DAR's requirements for membership. Today I have discovered that I _definitely_ have an ancestor in DAR's records. And I finally have some really-for-sure German ancestors in my tree (there were some in R.'s, but not in mine until today). Some seriously awesome genealogy work done on the Plantz family can be found here:

My maternal grandmother's mother's maiden name was Plantz. (The Veeders turned out, unsurprisingly, to have come from the Netherlands, altho it's entirely possible they were French Huguenots before that.)

New England! New England! New England!

I have ancestry in New England! Wow!

I realize this may not be exciting to anyone at all but me (altho, hey, J.T. this _is_ May's ancestry, so it's yours, too!), but I've put literally _thousands_ of people into this damn tree without finding a single person in New England. Until today. For a solid century, I've got ancestors in Connecticut.


It would be way too much to ask to find someone in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, so I'll take Connecticut for the win. (Oh, and yes, they did come over from England. I'm having a helluva time finding anyone in my tree from Ireland. Lots of people supposedly did who upon further investigation did not.)

so so so close

Turns out one of the Connecticut guys (at this point in the tree, everyone is so _thoroughly_ documented that it is really just a matter of following links) was brought to Connecticut from Concord, Massachusetts where he was born in 1638. That was a while ago and he was just a baby, so I was thinking the previous generation had come over on a boat and who know just which boat that might be. . .

But no. It was the Planter. Still. Kinda cool. And I've got lots of other lines in this batch yet to rattle through. :-)