I got started looking for my roots about eight years ago using a trial membership at Ancestry.com. My son did a membership then too. In the few weeks of my trial I made good start at exploring my roots. Here is a rough overview of what I accomplished at that time:
- Paternal Grandfather
- This is worked back to the second great grandfather, upon which I rested until my recent return to ancestry.com.
- Paternal Grandmother
- Here I had some help from a photo album and a manuscript from grandmother’s family reunion in 1950s or 1960s. Still the overall progress as this group on both her sides are Prussian or Austrian, and I did not have World Explorer nor enough data to proceed.
- Maternal Grandfather
- This area I built upon extensively, primarily because we have a published history for the part of my maternal grandmother’s section.
- Maternal Grandmother
- Grandmother’s history had previously been published on her father’s side. I have made but little progress on her mother’s side. However, what I have discovered is very interesting and will provide many stories to post in the future.
- Primarily on paternal grandfather’s roots I came to the end of the line several times as I chased all the rabbit trails. A PATTERN developed for End of Line. Either the family tree created Wrote end of line in the name of the end or parent, or just did not indicate parent, or possibly entered unk or unknown. I have seen those variations many times.
When I returned to Ancestry.com with a gift membership to World Explorer level I was able to connect my second great grandfather to my third great grandfather, and other trees took me to my currently ultimate known ancestor. And here is where things became interesting.
My first ancestor to cross over from England seems to have changed his name. He is one of several John Hodges’ active in the early colonial era. I shall have to sift out the various Johns in the future. What I want to point out here is somehow my ancestor John Hodges was the son of Humphrey Twigg Hodges the son of Twigg Hodges. There are variants of the records here. In the trees Humphrey Twigg Hodges is shown as born in 1584, but in other trees there is a Humphrey Twigg born in 1560, twenty-four years earlier. And the ultimate ancestor is Twigg Hodges born in 1560. Perhaps Humphrey Twigg 1584 is a son of Humphrey Twigg 1560.
Baptism records show John Twigg as being baptized variously about 1594 or 1595. This would may be too early for the wife of Humphrey Twigg (Hodges) 1584. John Hodges apparently did not arrive in America on one of the ships carrying volunteers. It was one of the bad-boy ships, like carried exiles to the colonies. Yes, Britain dumped her unwanted on American, Africa, and Australian shores. John Hodges (1600) became noted as a captain after his arrival in America. But if he was a crew member on the ship that brought him, why did he change his name and the names of his father and grandfather?
See Twigg Hodges on his wiki page.
See you all soon.