Did we really arrive in West Virginia with George?
Hi my name is Pamela. I watched finding my roots on pbs on Neflix and was so amazed with the results. I love the connections between the old and the new world. I loved the part of where you can see in the family trees in America when the settlers started inter-marrying. Your show made me realize it has not really been that long ago since this event in history occurred. I have always been curious about my paternal grandfather simply because I knew nothing of his parents. I was told he had German ancestor and I do not know how that happened when his last name was McCallister. I have been told I have Scott, Irish, German and Dutch ancestors. Someone told me that the green eyes come from the Cherokee Indians. Then, I met people from Germany who had green eyes. (Laughing) I find the study of our ancestors to be most interesting when tracing our illnesses. If you consider this factor I would have to add the English at the top of the list of the gene pool. I also have heard that the oddly shaped RBC’s which one historian said it came from the Romans who occupied certain parts of Germany. I cannot wait until the information age can link genetic conditions so you can trace them back. I find it most interesting. So, naturally I am curious. How could I not be? Just really curious of where I come from in Europe or if not Europe then were? My family has been in the USA since the 1700’s some report 1760’s George Washington comes to mind. Apparently, during George Washington’s time parcels of 300 acres were given out in West Virginia. Yes, I paid taxes on a piece of this land just up to 2010 when I sold it to a distant cousin. I would love to know more about how my family ended up in West Virginia around the time of the War for Independence. Would love to know where to start other than internet?