Go ahead, introduce yourself!

Now that you’ve found your way to this site, I’d love to hear of your interest. Are you one of my kin, waiting to be introduced? Or a history buff, perhaps living along my family’s trail? Something else altogether? Maybe you’re interested in the religious ways that Plain People like my Quaker and Dunker (Brethren) ancestors upheld? (There are also some Mennonites, way back, as well as more worldly Lutherans and Irish Catholics.)

If you’re doing research, you’re especially welcome. What I’ve posted here is essentially all of my findings. If there’s something that helps you in your own genealogical pursuit, I’m happy to add a piece or two in working your own puzzle. If you have something large or small to contribute here, please pipe up in the comments and we’ll see where it leads. As you’ve already learned, every answer raises a host of new questions. Genealogy research is never really done, even if I’ve essentially retired from this pursuit after three obsessive decades. (Or think I have.)

One of the delights in undertaking a project like this comes in meeting others along the way and swapping material. Many earlier researchers have been quite generous in their willingness to provide detailed answers. I feel a duty to them, especially, in making their work as widely available as possible. Yes, we can place copies of our work in libraries, as I have, but a blog like this makes the material available worldwide. It not only beats having dust collect on drawers of old files, it opens a club for others to join. I hope you’ll be among its members.


6 thoughts on “Go ahead, introduce yourself!”

  1. Hi there! I believe we’re related! I initially found your blog when I was researching Miriam Hodgin who married Andrew Caldwell Murrow. They are my third great-grandparents. And then today I stumboled upon your blog while searching for some clues for the Osborn family. Elisha Osborn (married Nancy Mendenhall?) is my 5th great uncle. Would you be willing to share some of your research where our family trees overlap? Thanks in advance for your fascinating work!

    1. Everything I have, essentially, is up on this blog. There definitely are overlaps between our lines, probably far more than I’m aware of.
      I would like to know more about the Murrow roots in England. We may go back that far together.

  2. Your blog is wonderful! I believe we are related also. My grandfather’s name is Jesse Hodson. My line traces up to George and then Robert and so on. Nice to meet you. Thank you so much for all of the great history.

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