I am researching the ancestry of my only son. My brother came across an unknown relative in Buffalo, NY, who had an old Aykroyd family Bible which included my siblings and me. Through the Bible, some old newspaper Obituary columns, an [older] copy of "Who's Who in Pennsylvania", and some National Archive data, I have been able to trace my son's Aykroyd roots back to his G-G-G-G-Grandfather Hiram Aykroyd (1860, Buffalo, NY), a laborer originally from Canada. I also have other branches which I will add to this page as I progress.
On my father's mother's side (Knight family, Nottoway, VA), I believe I've traced back to pre-American Revolution, however, these are thin threads at this time, requiring further confirmation.
However, I have confirmed links to Civil War military and a WW1 general. If you ever pass through Richmond, VA, look up the Wilton Plantation. Originally owned by William Randolph, it was purchased by Col. Wm. Carter Knight (1818~1896), my son's G-G-G Grandfather. The plantation is long since gone, however, the Mansion was moved up the James river and restored by the Colonial Dames of VA. It is an interesting tour for only a few dollars.
On my mother's side, I've traced back to my son's G-G- & G-G-G-Grandparents who were "boat people" from Europe. However, these are also thin threads.
I have less on my son's mother's side, however, from living relatives, it turns out some of her ancestors founded Peobody, MA, while some also came over from Europe. Her heritage also includes Native American ancestry from the Crow Tribe. This is a difficult link to trace, however, I expect it will be quite interesting as I dig into it.
At the time of this writing I have 205 individuals in my FTM file. This includes my son, my wife and me, our siblings and their families, and our ancestors. So, the branches of my son's Tree are beginning to spread wide. As you all know, this is pretty exciting.
Thanks for your interest in our branch of the family. Perhaps you'll learn something about your own family.
Centennial (formerly Littleton), CO