Sunday, November 19, 2017

Research Trip 8C: Kent

I have a few Kent ancestors, but the main curiosity here is that Kent seems to be the origin of the English Pralls. I'd like to investigate the surname there. And, of course, other family surnames.

Even though my Prall line hails from The Netherlands, I still wonder if the family has ties to the Pilgrim migration into Holland.

The family coat of arms keeps showing up 'English.'

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Research Trip 8B: London

London should be a stop by itself. I would check in at the National Archives and other local records repositories to search families that resided in the London area. There should be sufficient sites to visit in my spare time! :)-

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Research Trip 8A: England - South

The big trip will be to England, region by region. I seem to have ancestors from just about every shire in the country!

South: Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire.

Plan: Hit the research archives in each county, visit churches that may contain ancestral  records and visit any historical sites that strike my fancy.

While in Hampshire, I want to dig into my Simmons ancestry to verify that I have the correct folks ID'd as ancestors. Earlier researchers offer a handful of options. I also want to look into the holdings at Portsea that went to John Simmons Sr. of NYC.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

In Honor of Those Who Served....

Veterans'' Day was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of the "War to End All Wars" [World War I] on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Eventually it came to honor all veterans who served the US Armed Forces.

In the past, I have named the men who have served the US dating back to the Revolutionary War.
This time around, I'll just list the wars and whether or not family served in them.

Revolutionary War: yes, at least a couple of dozen!
War of 1812: yes, 3-5.
Blackhawk War: no
Civil War: yes, one, plus several collateral ancestors.
Indian Wars: no
Spanish-American War: no
War in the Philippines: one collateral
WWI: no
WWII: an uncle
Korean War: no
Viet Nam War: no
Gulf Wars: no 
Wars in the Middle East: no

Friday, November 10, 2017

Research Trip #7: Scotland

This may be the toughest trip to plan due to the lack of concrete evidence on my Scottish ancestors. Families from Scotland, or suspected to be: MacCallum, Crail, Cunningham, Mahurin, lack places of origin and dates of departure [except for Malcolm MacCallum].

That makes Edinburgh and the Archives a starting point to look for information on those families. Results would determine the trip from there. A return to the village of Crail would be a must, as would the site of the Battle of Dunbar. Revisiting St. Andrews would be fun.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Research Trip #6: Belgium and Northern France

A few ancestral families originated or passed through Antwerp. [The St. John/Sension/Santken family was one.] Others [Billiou and DuBois] called Artois in modern-day Northern France.

In addition to digging into local church and archival records, the trip would have to include a trip to Normandy to visit the site of the D-Day Invasion and Allied Military Cemeteries.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Research Trip #5: The Netherlands

A trip to The Netherlands would include several stops: Heerde [Gelderland], Leiden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Naerden. Two of those would be curiosity stops: Naerden and Heerde. One or the other was the birthplace of Arent Jansen Prall, most likely the latter. The Prall Family Association has hired Dutch researchers in the past, but a little first had research couldn't hurt.

Leiden was the home, for awhile, to the Pilgrims [Elder William Brewster], the Billiou and DuBois families, and several others. Amsterdam was also a stopping off point for several families of Dutch, German, Huguenot and Danish origin before sailing to America. Rotterdam was a port of departure for some other families.

The Pilgrim Museum would be at the top of the "places to visit" in Leiden. As for Amsterdam, I can offer more "exploration destinations" after returning from a cruise later next year. Amsterdam is a stop-over on the trip.