How Much Do You Know About Your Family?
Lyn here, Pat Simmons post on Monday got me thinking about family history. Pat is doing a lot of research into her forebears. And I’ve done almost none on my own.
My husband’s cousin has done A LOT of research into the genealogy of the Cote family. My husband’s ancestor was Jean Cote who immigrated from France to Quebec in the 1600’s. Evidently Jean was a prolific father and there are A LOT of Cotes.
I recently heard from another Lyn Cote–who like me married a Cote.
My mother’s family was German on her mother’s side and Scot on her father’s side.
My father’s family was from Texas and Oklahoma and supposedly Irish and Cherokee. But who knows?
As a born storyteller, I was always fascinated by family stories. But how to know if they were true or not?
I’d love to take time to research my family history but I always so busy researching history and making up people and their stories that I haven’t had time.
We did have our son give a DNA sample to Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com/
We found out info about both our families WAY BACK, thousands of years to when the first people began migrating from the Middle East. That didn’t really tell us much that was useful but we did contribute to the effort to connect the dots of DNA around the globe.
So what is your family history? How much do you know? Have you done any research? I’d love to hear what you know and what you’d like to discover. So do tell!
Remember I like to hear that someone is out there–and I’m really interested in hearing about your family–when they came to the US and where they were from. It might spark me to write a new story!–Lyn
PS-The book cover is a story that one of Steve’s forebears sparked. Do you know who?