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I am a Pennsylvania native whose roots date to the earliest settlers of Penn's Woods. My first German ancestors were Krefelders, arriving in Philadelphia aboard the Concord in 1683; other lines from Hohr-Grenzhausen and Stuttgart would follow. My first Irish ancestors arrived from County Donegal in the mid-1700s; Scots Highlanders followed. Thriving in the Southwark, Germantown, and Frankford sections of Philadelphia, generations of my ancestors lived within blocks of each other. Eventually, moving into the suburbs of Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, they raised our current generation.

After serving our nation for 20 years on active duty as an Army officer, and then another decade as a defense contractor, I am retired and now volunteer as an emergency manager in PA, and as a planner and disaster response team member in MD/DE with Team Rubicon. My sons and grandchildren live in Denver, CO, and my daughters live in Lancaster and Philadelphia PA. Most of the rest of my family still live in the "Home Counties," around Philadelphia, PA.

Through the collaborative efforts of many family members, close and distant, in sharing original sources, and ultimately contributing DNA for analysis, we have opened many doors and flipped rocks we did not know existed. Our efforts continue to chart a fascinating, revealing, surprising, and rewarding journey.

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