Who Do You Think You Are!
This tree documents my family's connection to the Mayflower pilgrim JOHN HOWLAND. To make it easier to follow the ancestors and descendants in our line, I have used CAPITAL LETTERS. Follow the individuals in ALL CAPS...these are my direct blood relatives.
As you begin your visit of these pages, you may notice that some of the information relates to LIVING people...and there is a reason for that! I spent more than 20 years looking for my paternal Grandmother (while she searched for me) and it was only after she passed away in 2001, that I was able to find her name listed in a court document and find my lost family.
The surviving relatives told me how sad she was that she could never locate my brother and me. This is only one example of how our "right" to privacy impedes our ability to share history and find our misplaced loved ones, often, until it is too late. Throughout history, there has been a conflict between the information gathers and seekers; and the information providers, especially if the information is about them.
We are now, or should consider ourselves to be, part of a global information melting pot. The Human Genome Project has provided us with a totally new perspective on humanity's possibilities and what we KNOW about each other (I was lucky enough to contribute to one of the panels mapping the liver).
Even more recently, The Genographic Project has used DNA to map the global migration of humanity to it's root. The world is in the middle of a "growth spurt" related to our personal history. Closing our eyes to that, or trying to hide things (like old family photos) DOES NOT change the reality of it.
I believe that we should help other people find their roots, but at the same time, have a personal responsibility to respect their privacy. I don't list addresses or cities or anything that may point to a location of a living individual. However, if you are afraid your children will discover their true lineage or bloodline here, then I suggest that you shouldn't have procreated with that person.
The title of this section (Who do you think you are), is a reference to NBC/Ancestry.com's program about finding your historical roots. My Information Technology (IT) background has taught me that "Information only becomes knowledge when it is SHARED" !!! This site is my method of sharing what I have learned about my family.
It is my belief that it is the right of future generations to know where they came from! As the collector of the knowledge displayed here, I have attempted human discretion in determining what information is displayed, utilizing as traditional a set of values as I could access. If any details on your family are missing or incorrect, or if you desire it removed from this document, please email me.
We are ALWAYS on the hunt for old family images. If you find a family member here without an image, we would LOVE to add one!!!
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.