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 …
November 5, 2007 Monday at 12:13 am
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.
July 9, 2007 Monday at 2:50 am
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 …
June 24, 2007 Sunday at 1:22 am