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Joan Young

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As far back as I can remember I was always curious about where I came

from and who my ancestors were. I didn't know it at the time, but I was

growing up in the same area of southern New Jersey that my maternal

ancestors, English and Welsh Quakers, had inhabited as early as the

1670s. I asked my mother whether the streets and landmarks carrying her

maiden name of BORTON were connected to our family. I also asked her why

she occasionally received letters from a family historian updating "the

LIPPINCOTT family tree?" She didn't know--all she knew was her father

had been a birthright Quaker. She knew nothing of the rich heritage I

was later to uncover.

The fact that I never knew my paternal grandparents (both died before I

was born) made me even more curious about that side of the family. I

knew Dad was Pennsylvania Dutch and I knew that meant Germanic ancestry.

Dad was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania, and it wasn't until his

passing, in 1990, that it dawned on me. I was going through family

photos, and although I knew one picture was of his mother's mother and

the other his father's mother, I didn't know which was which. That was

the tipping point that made me dig in and find the answers.

I had worked in a job that provided a great training ground, teaching me

how to obtain and evaluate genealogical data, and I used that to my

advantage in my retirement. At first, I spent countless hours at the

local historical society library, the LDS Family History Center, and in

courthouse basements, not to mention walking many a cemetery. When I was

a novice, seasoned genealogists marveled at the fact that I knew how to

complete a pedigree form. Twenty years as a hobby dog breeder and

exhibitor had taught me all about pedigrees.

My searches led me to discover two American Revolutionary War ancestors,

connections to William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, plus a whole

boatload of poor farmers and tradesmen striving to make a better life

for their families in America. They were German, Alsatian, English, and

Welsh, with some Scotch-Irish thrown into the mix, and a bit of early

Swedish blood for good measure. My research led to membership in the

Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames XVII Century,

Descendants of Founders of New Jersey, and the Ladies of the Grand Army

of the Republic (LGAR).

I was employed with RootsWeb from July 1999 to July 2001.

The above was published in the RootsWeb Review on March 21, 2007 to serve as my introduction as a twice-a-month columnist for the newsletter. I am presently serving in that capacity.

Academic Degrees:
BA (Music and English)

Research Specialty:
Palatines ; Quaker

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century

Geographic Specialty:
NJ ; PA ; Mid-Atlantic ; Philadelphia

Service Categories:
Columnist ; Editor ; Author/Writer

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