My father's surname family came to Florida from Maryland in 1902 where descendants united with a combination of mid-18th century native Floridians and transplanted families from Virginia and North Carolina. Roots of the Maryland-Nichols extend into New England to a Mayflower passenger, to early settlers to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and to the 'Palatines' who were Rheinland immigrants to New York in 1709. Besides England, roots of my father's family extend to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and, in the stage of proving, Portugal. Two ancestors fought for the CSA in the Civil War and several others were Revolutionary War veterans.
My mother's family, by contrast, were all from the British Isles and came to this country between 1786 and 1855. Scottish ancestors of Clan Donald, thrown off their Highland land, came to Ontario in 1786 from where several immigrated to Saginaw, Michigan in the 1850's. Other lines were of Irish ancestry although several generations were natives of England and Wales. All eventually settled in Saginaw until the lumber industry searched for new timberland in Florida.
In Florida, my mother's Scot-Irish, Catholic ancestry was united with my father's predominantly Protestant ancestry.
I have been researching my family's history for over ten years and am 'hooked' on genealogy. Along the way I not only have learned more about my family than anyone else in my family could have imagined, but have also met many wonderful cousins who I would otherwise never have had the great pleasure of knowing.
I am always happy and pleased to share with others anything and everything I have discovered about my family, their place in history, and the religious, political, geographical and other local and regional impacts I have encountered, and learned to understand, along the way.