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  •  Yes it is fascinating (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    And there are resources available relatively cheap on line. Not to promote the site but Ancestry.com is amazing in its available records (it's a lot of fun to pore over the 1810 census and subsequent ones too) and for appx. $70 every 6 months I think it's pretty fair.

    The next step for me will be to flesh out the lines and finish both my grandmother's lines- for some reason they proved to be very difficult to trace and then? Well, I do know the town in Wales the Evans' came from but not the Jones' although through a long lost cousin who found me on Ancestry looking for the same individual as she was, has given me her line which matches my Grandfather Jones' line precisely as her grandfather was my grandfather's youngest brother from. Having seen clients of mine in my business who are retired and have the time trace their lines in the British Isles get all the way back to William the Conqueror's time, I'm itching to do the same although I'm years away from even considering retirement.

    It's interesting you should mention when non-Welsh began appearing in your line- it's about the same in mine. I wonder if there was some event that caused that or that just enough generations had passed that the Welsh were comfortable with others. Talk about an insular people! They went generations here before marrying outside their ethnicity which is amazing because we really don't see that outside of "Scotch-Irish Borderer" settlements which were often isolated and that accounted as much for their marrying among themselves as anything, I'm sure.

    The Borderers weren't well known for their traditions and customs in any case as drunken carousing and fighting really aren't expressions of culture but more one of their hot headed natures and codes of honor. The Hatfields and McCoys are the preeminent example of Borderer behavior for instance. If you haven't read up on the Borderers there are some recent theories regarding these outcasts and how much influence they actually had in the formation of the American character. When one says they're "Scotch-Irish" the chances are great they have at least a little of the Borderer in them.

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