I first went down the genealogy rabbit hole about ten years ago. Shortly afterward, I started blogging about it. I started with separate blogs for my maternal and paternal lines. Recently, as I have started blogging on more general genealogy topics, I decided to merge both blogs into this one.
My family tree is about as Southern as it gets, with just one maternal line going back to colonial New England. With the exception of that one line, I can trace very few people “back to the boat.” Nearly all my other paper trails originate in 18th century North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
My DNA shows British, Irish, and broader Western European ancestry along with mysterious dashes of Spanish, West African and South Asian. I’m definitely no DNA expert, but feel free to look me up on Ancestry, 23andMe, or GEDmatch if you think we may be cousins.
Slavery was unfortunately a big part of my family’s story, with dozens of slave holders among my ancestors. There are also many African-Americans who share our surnames (particularly Bembry) and African-American cousins among my DNA matches on both sides. I share all the slavery records I discover in order to complete the picture and to assist descendants with their genealogical research.
I am always happy to share my information, and welcome any tips, photos, or leads from other researchers or family members. If you have information to share, please post a comment! Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do credit me and link to this website if you republish or repost my research in any way. Thanks. 🙂
Kelly Bembry Midura