From branch to tree
Have you always wanted to know more about your family history? Maybe you have dabbled on Ancestry or MyHeritage only to get mired in too many conflicting dates and ambiguous matches? I will not only endeavor to grow your branch into a big tree but will try to uncover stories about who your ancestors were.
A great advantage in researching ancestry in the Netherlands is that women kept their maiden name which makes it much easier to trace the maternal line.
The census is a great way into ancestors lives as they often listed income, whether the home was rented or owned and what the household members did for a living.
Many families who arrived in Virginia in the mid 1600’s would constantly migrate south in groups. They wanted to homestead on land that had not yet been inhabited by other settlers. Many towns were named after these early pioneers.
Although I do not guarantee that I will be able to trace your line back to ancient times, I will do my best to uncover interesting stories that will be a treasure for many generations, present and future.
Research areas that are my specialty are southern states like North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, as well as the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and England.
The story of the Ruthven family reads like an episode of Game of Thrones. There are beautiful castles, queens, rumors of black magic, intrigue, murder, kidnappings and a beheading. However this is not a television show based on a writer’s imagination, but the true story of a 14th great-grandfather and his son.
Read Patrick Ruthven’s story.