A few months ago, I filled out a profile on one of those family tree websites. I started this process because I've never had a very strong sense of family and I kinda just wanted to know from what type of cloth I was cut. I got a response last week and because I've had some free time recently, I began using it to trace my genealogy. After visiting other websites, talking to family members and visiting the National Archives in Maryland and Washington, I've been able to go back seven paternal generations and eight on the maternal side of the tree.
As a black man, I was surprised by the number of white folks in my family. My third great grandfather, for example, is a decedent of English immigrants who settled in Connecticut and was a Captain in a Massachusetts Militia, during the War of 1812. A woman named Henrietta worked as a housekeeper and moved from Germany to the United States in 1882.
That probably explains why I'm so damn yellow.
This has been an incredibly humbling experience and I recommend that everyone embarks on this journey.Have any of you out there ever done the whole family tree thing?