Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day

Going back 10 generations of ancestors, it took 8,190 of them to make me, and considering human beings have a seeming propensity for armed conflict, I was almost certain to find records my ancestors’ service in various battles and wars. Going back as far as I can, the first ancestor with a military record isContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: The Extensive Military History of Service of My Ancestors From the French and Indian War to the Present Day”

Ancestral Recall: Yes, My 7th-Great-Grandfather, Colonel Joseph Belt, Has a Historical Marker in DC

When digging into the Odell/Doubleday line of my ancestry, I noticed a suggested ancestor whose name was Joseph Belt. Along with the suggestion came a picture, which is rare for someone who lived in the early 1700s. As I clicked on it, I found that it was a picture of a historical marker. The markerContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Yes, My 7th-Great-Grandfather, Colonel Joseph Belt, Has a Historical Marker in DC”

Ancestral Recall: Learning That One (and Probably More) of My 4,096 10th-Great-Grandparents Owned Slaves

Having done my ancestral research on Ancestry.com’s family tree builder, I have come to see just how many people it took to lead to me. Every ancestor above me was the result of a procreation of two more ancestors above that one…and so on and so on… That means that every generation above has twiceContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Learning That One (and Probably More) of My 4,096 10th-Great-Grandparents Owned Slaves”

Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia

As I wrote in a previous post, about 25% of my DNA comes from southern Germany and eastern France, while another 25% comes from England with a dash of Scotland apparently, though I can’t seem to find that ancestor. The other 50% comes from my European Jewish roots. In this post, I detail the ancestralContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Discovering My English Heritage and My Ancestors from Colonial Maryland and Virginia”

Ancestral Recall: Explaining My Genealogical Ties to 15th Century Germany (and a Dash of France)

As I wrote in my first post on my ancestral lineage, I discovered that 50% of my genealogy comes from southern Germany and England (and a dash from Scotland). In this post, I’ll explain how I found my roots in Germany’s Bayern, Baden-Wurtemberg, Saarland, and Rheinland-Pfalz provinces. According to my DNA chart from Ancestry.com, ofContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Explaining My Genealogical Ties to 15th Century Germany (and a Dash of France)”

Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia

As I wrote previously, 50% of my DNA is “European Jewish.” It wasn’t surprising, considering my mother’s side of my ancestry was entirely Jewish… I knew my great-grandmother, Esther Feinglass, whom we called Gram, for the first 18 years of my life. She died in July 2002, shortly before I went to college. As theContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: Tracing My European Jewish Heritage to Poland, Moldova, and Russia”

Ancestral Recall: A Series of Posts Dedicated to Sharing My Lineage

In 2018, after my grandmother died, I became very interested in my family tree, almost certainly because death has a way of making us reflect on our current lives. It makes us think about who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. A month or two later, I paid for the AncestryContinue reading “Ancestral Recall: A Series of Posts Dedicated to Sharing My Lineage”