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The United States of Ap Meryk; Or Why Are There No Amerikens in Amerike

This story’s been around awhile, but I’ve just studied it in depth for the first time. You were taught in school, of course, that America was named after a Welshman, Richard Amerike (or in Welsh, ap Meryk), who was the patron of a Genoan sailor, Giovanni Cabatto (“John Cabot”), who in1497 sailed from England to what he called “New Found …Continue reading →

18th Century Man Meets Descendant Alive in 21st Century

We would like to find out if there is anyone still alive in America who met a relative that was born in the 18th century. So read a message in Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s inbox. The redoubtable Megan went to work. Read what she found in Ancestry magazine.

He Certainly Deserves An Eternal Reward

Chris over at The Genealogue frequently spots and highlights unusual names. Recently, he had these (1, 2, 3). I don’t know if he’s seen the 1880 census for Clinton County, Iowa. On that census, there’s a nineteen year old grocery clerk, the son of German immigrants. Fredrick and Lisette Lindloff apparently named their son “Through.” That by itself would be …Continue reading →

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