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You can reach me at gene dot seeker at yahoo dot com
My initial foray into genealogy was a 5th grade project, in which I drew my first family tree. I have seriously been researching my family history for the past 15 years. My day job is a scientist and professor at a prestigious research institute. Accordingly, I love the investigative nature of genealogy that relies on fact searching and instinct.
My roots run deep in the history of the US tracing back to Joel Gibson, the revolutionary war veteran who died in Henderson, KY. My dad is a direct male descendant of Joel, and his DNA analysis suggests this Gibson line likely came from Ireland.
My mom's ancestors were German farmers who pioneered Indiana in response to the 1862 Homestead act. There's a sprinkling of Irish (Dublin area) in her ancestors, too.
My husband's family is a 20th century immigrant story from Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland and the Trois Rivières region of Québec. The Irish line is likely Scots-Irish, but it is hard to trace earlier than the 1850s due to limitations in the Irish records. On the other hand, the French Canadian line, which was Roman Catholic and well documented by the Drouin collection, goes back to 16th century France.
Surnames I'm mainly interested in include:
Virginia --> Kentucky
(Mostly) German Catholics in Indiana
(Some) Irish Catholics in Indiana, Michigan and Canada
From Co. Armagh, N. Ireland to Connecticut and Astoria, NY
From Québec to Massachusetts and RI