When people think of early colonies in North America, most commonly images of Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, and Jamestown come to mind. However, England was not alone in colonizing areas now known as the thirteen original colonies. The New Sweden CompanyJamestown, Colony of Virginia, was founded on 13 May 1607. As the colonists endured that first hard winter and eventually began to prosper in their new home, economic opportunities quickly presented themselves. John Rolfe brought tobacco seeds to Jamestown in the 1610s; tobacco quickly became the foundation for Colonial Virginia’s economy and a staple crop of the English Atlantic Trade.  Along with tobacco, other goods such as furs, sugar, and timber became staples of England’s triangular trade system.  Other powerful European countries were not ignorant of England’s success in the Americas and sought to also establish colonies and systems of trade of their own. Stockholders from Germany, Holland, and Sweden – …Read more
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Our ancestors’ stories are an integral part of who we are. Many are drawn to their ancestral homeland with the quest of discovering the details of the lives of those who came before them. If you are thinking about traveling out of the country, consider planning a heritage travel tour.What is a Heritage Travel Tour?A heritage, or ancestral, tour involves traveling to different locations to understand the history and culture associated with them. But they don’t just involve sightseeing.A travel tour utilizes an itinerary based on where your ancestors were born and traveled during their lifetimes. These tours can bring you closer to your roots by visiting ancestral residences, uncovering family stories, locating or possibly connecting with living relatives, and learning more about your ancestors’ day-to-day lives. Even if you can’t pinpoint an exact place of residence for your ancestor, churches, schools, and places of work were all important parts of daily life. Visiting …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists’ Adrienne Abiodun provides resources and tips on how to overcome the challenges within African American genealogy research and especially to help with identifying African American women.There are certain challenges that come with researching specific groups of people across the world, for example – women. In a previous blog post, Legacy Tree Genealogists’ researcher, Jessica Howe provided numerous tips to assist in the identification of women in historical records. If your ancestor was an African American woman, many of those tips such as consideration of nicknames, regional accents, and phonetic spelling are applicable for researching ancestors who were Black American women of African ancestry. The difficulties in researching distant African American ancestors who were women can be lessened with a general understanding of American cultural norms in addition to some history of African Americans in the United States.MarriageUp until modern times, …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists’ Sarah Gutmann was excited to have stumbled upon a record that could potentially change the narrative of her family’s history. In this article, she describes her journey toward dual citizenship to pay homage to her family’s Italian heritage.For eight decades my grandpa believed his father, Joseph Fraggetta was a first-generation American. Despite this claim, I could not find my great grandfather’s 1906 birth record. One day, about 15 years ago, I was poking around on Ancestry.com, and I stumbled across a 1913 passenger list that perfectly aligned with Joseph Fraggetta’s family of origin. This included a seven-year-old boy named Giuseppe Fraggetta.With such an uncommon surname and matching demographics, it seemed too coincidental to be pushed aside. As a genealogist, I was excited to have stumbled upon a record that could potentially change the narrative of my family’s history. I expected Grandpa to be just as pleased and intrigued by my …Read more