My roots date to the earliest settlers of Penn's Woods. My first German ancestors were Krefelders, arriving in Philadelphia as “The Original 13 Families” aboard the Concord in 1683; other lines from Hohr-Grenzhausen and Stuttgart would follow. My first Scottish and Irish ancestors arrived from Galloway and County Donegal in the mid-1700s. Over the next 150 years, more would arrive among the successive waves of German and Gaelic immigrants settling in the Keystone State. Most thriving initially in the Southwark, Germantown, and Frankford sections of Philadelphia, generations of my ancestors lived within blocks of each other before eventually moving out into surrounding Home Counties or crossing the river into NJ. Other lines would find their way to Philadelphia by way of NY and MD. My parents grew up on the outskirts and I was raised in the suburbs. My daughters still live in Pennsylvania while my sons and grandchildren live in Colorado. My wife's family are Virginians and Marylanders.
Through the collaborative efforts of many family members, close and distant, in sharing original sources, and for contributing DNA to further our analysis, we have opened many doors and flipped rocks we did not know existed. I have realized surprise, satisfaction, frustration and joy in my efforts to explore my family heritage. Our efforts continue to chart a fascinating, revealing, and rewarding journey. I hope to help others to realize the same.