Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Guidelines to Help Discover where your Ancestors Landed


Guidelines to Help Discover where your Ancestors Landed

Immigrants to America

In days gone by, immigrants from all over Europeentered the US due to religious persecutions and political situations. Dates and circumstances can be traced and such information goes a long way in discovering one’s roots. Essentially, prior to 1700, the New England states were settled by the English and Germans while Virginia was mostly settled by the English with Norman roots. In other words, the first ship load to Jamestown were mostly persons from London and surrounding shires, whose circumstances were so dreadful that they chose to immigrate. Prisoners in Fleetwood Prison in London were given the choice of prison or going to one of His Majesty’s colonies as an indentured servant.
Tracing all English and Norman lineages is interesting because if one goes far enough back they discover members of the nobility, some of whom came with William the Conqueror.
Beginning about 1732, the Germans came through Pennsylvania and Maryland took the Wilderness Road into the unsettled West (North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky). A good many Germans settled in the Alleghany Mountains in the western portion of North Carolina and Virginia. Also, about the same time, the archbishop of Austria ordered all of the protestants out of the country. This group roamed around Europe, some settling among the Dutch until the last group of about 100 people were invited by General James Oglethorpe to settle a colony in Ebenezer, Georgia. Meanwhile, the Scotch-Irish were escaping political and religious persecutions and establishing settlements in North Carolina along the Great Dismal Swamp. Thereafter, one can follow congregations of Presbyterians as they moved through North Carolina and South Carolina. Hence, when we take time to research the history of Europeans and the reasons for immigration, the data discovered will assist as a guideline to further clues.

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