I've been researching my family's genealogy for 15 years. During that time, I've come across mostly common people who have made their way in the world - each in their own unique way. However, so much of my family comes from the New England area and I knew that it was likely that I had a few Mayflower ancestors. Last year I wrote about these ancestors in:
- My Mayflower Ancestry - Pt 1 - My Gallup line tracing back to John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley.
- My Mayflower Ancestry - Pt 2 - My Swan line going back to John Billington.
- My Mayflower Ancestry - Pt 3 - My Allen line going back to William White and my Winslow line.
You might say that now when I sit down to our Thanksgiving table with family and friends that I have a new appreciation of who has come before me.
I think that this was my second Thanksgiving ..as I am the toddler sitting in the high chair. So much on the table is familiar from my childhood - from the candle holders, the china, salt and pepper shakers to the Turkey in the center. As I place that Turkey on our table once again, I know that it has been our family since about 1948 and has been on every Thanksgiving table during my lifetime.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!