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I found the family of Catherine Walker. It goes back a long way. I’ve gone as far as the 1500s with one person, following the matrilineal line.

This brings me to the question: Just how far back do I want to go. While looking at the hints on Ancestry.com, I wonder do I really want to go back to my 11th or 12th grandfather. I don’t really see why not but I guess I do wonder why. Maybe it’s just laziness, but its a lot of work when you get that far back.

I often find myself trying to place my ancestors in a historic time frame. What was happening in their world. I’m pretty good with the big events like wars and kings and queens.

This brings me back to Catherine, who was born shortly after the Revolutionary War. I thought about this on July 4th. Part of her family, her mother’s side came from Massachusetts to Nova Scotia. Loyalists, who were given land that once was populated by the Acadians. I feel bad about this, but all families have their skeletons.

There is some evidence that my mother’s side was Acadian. I’m still trying to sort that out. I see through mtDNA some French names but I can find nothing concrete.

At some point, I may get back to DNA and memories. For now, it’s nice to daydream about my ancestors lives and what they were like.

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