walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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Genealogy musings

I've mentioned before that one of my grandparents never lived in the US, one was born shortly after her parents arrived in the US, and a third came here as a teenager. The remaining grandparent (some of whose children, including my mother, were born in Canada thus suffering from the vagaries of dual-citizenship law) was a True American Mutt. I spent a bunch of time tracking the Veeders (Dutch) and Plantzs (German Palatines who came to Mohawk Valley), in part because hey, more Dutch! and partly because it was the mostly likely place to find shared ancestry with my husband (we found three: Anneke Jans and her husband Everardus Bogardus, and Marritje Thomas Badye, altho by different husbands).

There are really serious problems in following some of the lines back any distance at all, but there were Poages and Terrills and others to pursue, and recently I have been doing just that. Early on in this process, I found a Poage genealogy on HeritageQuest Online, and ordered the hardcopy from Higginson. Yesterday, I made a concerted effort to find out where the Brothers Poage came from before they were early settlers in Augusta County, Virginia.

Yeah, well, I should have seen this coming: they came from Ireland, but they weren't really Irish. They were part of the Scots who were in Ulster for a while and then left in a massive series of waves of emigration. This leaves me, then, with at least three distinct groups of early arrivals to what became the US: the Dutch Colony (a two part group including Dutch people and Germans from the Palatinate), Scots-Irish arriving in Philadelpha, Pennsylvania and then moving to points inland, and Virginia (I've got a bunch of arrivals elsewhere in Virginia in addition to the Scots-Irish -- including a Dutch guy).

In addition to the obvious effects (oh, look, a whole lot more genealogy reference works to order. Joy.), this has offered me another way to contemplate structuring a book about genealogy: The Story of X as told through Lineages A1..ZN. Anyone can do this -- everyone came from somewhere, and if they really did spend a thousand years in one village, that's a helluva story all by itself. For my grandmother, it's truly the story of American migration: _to_ the Americas and then _within_ the Americas.

I guess I'll just keep poking away at it and see what I think in a few weeks. When I know way more about the South than I ever intended to.

Oh, and judging by the Poages, I'm also going to be learning a ridiculous amount of military history as well.
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