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So far, it’s been a very productive weekend. The volume of records I’m finding during Ancestry's free weekend surprises even me. Right off the bat, I was able to locate my great grandfathers declaration of intent, that he filed for citizenship. The information on it, was pretty much everything I already had, but I did learn a couple of things, The Pitt family originally came from England. We had not been sure, thinking there was a possibility that we were from Ireland or Scotland, but no, it was indeed the old UK. I also learned exactly when and where they came into the United states. Much later than I expected, and by land, not sea. Of course when I sent a copy of it to Mother, she said, “Ohh I have that some where around here”!!!! I wanted so much to say “and you didn’t think I would be interested in it?”, but I stilled my tongue, and behaved myself.
Shortly after that I found my Great Great Great Grandparents in the passenger lists coming over from Bremmen Germany. The Wedeking’s traveled with a group of people from Kolenfeld Germany, so now I may end up researching those names, just for the fun of it. This record I know is my ancestors, because the time and ages were correct. I believe they may have been part of the Saxson exodus during the Lutheran church revolutions. A time when many of the younger people of the church had a rather serious falling out with the elder generations. My research of the history of the area, and era is really quite alarming. They certainly didn’t have an easy life.
I’m still filtering my way through so many records of the Schweer name. I was taken completely by surprise, just how many passenger records would show up for that name. I’m going to continue filtering my through them, one by one if I have to. I would love to find the name of the ship they came over on. All of the new information is leading me to research other things, not necessarily related to genealogy, but more out of curiosity. I have suddenly become far more interested in history, especially regional histories of areas my families came from or traveled through. I’m finding myself becoming more and more engrossed in the whole endeavor.
"What we know of other people's only our memory of the moments during which we knew them." – T.S. Elliot via Quotations Book.