It’s been on my mind for a while to share my family history and genealogy research with family and other interested folks. The search for my people has been a favorite pastime for years. I enjoy the hunt, verification of family stories, looking at the landscape of America through the eyes of My People–My Folks.
I’ve hitchiked to Sapulpa to find out about a particularly wild Fern, discovered a murdered gggg grandfather Somerville in an unpublished manuscript in small town Kentucky library and finally found my grandmother Helen in a graveyard in Wisconsin. These travels have been physical and emotional journeys for me as well. I lay down flowers, sing songs, listen to the sounds of the places that were left behind.
“This land is your land, this land is my land!”
I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1960. Some of my people started arriving in the early 1600s. We walked this land from coast to coast and it took generations to make the journey. Some folks were left behind, some died on the way but there was always someone able to go just a little bit further.
This blog is intended to share facts and documents, as well as my reflection and commentary about the research. I want to share what it means to me. I’ve collected a number of source documents over the years. They are filed and in boxes, a bunch of paper. There are stories to each of those papers as I gather my people.
David Patrick was my writing focus during the Family History Writing Challenge in February 2017. I’ve been engaged with the Family History Writing Studio workbooks since December 2016. I use this framework for the creative non fiction writing I have to share about him.