Mackey is the name that led me to so many other names. Storm, Quick, Palmentier, Tietsoort, and the confounding Gardner/Gardiners. These names are all from my paternal line and solidify for me that I am at the very least a 12th generation New Yorker. There are many other names here in the F.A.N. club. I have barely begun to scratch the surface. A book that helped me get a grasp on early New York, or should I say New Amsterdam, is Russell Shorto's Island at the Center of the World. If you have interest in American or New York History or genealogy, this book is a must read.
Mackeys led me to begin to research the Bells, Cornelisons and Browns. And I have already decided this branch will become a much bigger focus for me in 2017.
When I started my family tree back in 2004 my original goal to find out more about my mother's family, specifically, the Jones of Orange County, NY. I was sure that if I had a Revolutionary War ancestor, it would be in this line. They are still fascinating and more than a bit illusive, this is a brick wall that I am breaking down bit, by bit, and a little too slowly for me.
When I started my research I was confident I knew all the surnames I needed to and that my family was concentrated in a pocket of Orange and Rockland Counties. I am continually amazed that over the course of the last 10 years I have discovered family in at least 20 of the 62 counties of New York State, as far south as Louisiana and as far west as Montana and several states in between. I have barely begun to confirm my connections to home lands like Finland, Russia, France, Germany, England and Ireland.
Thinking about it makes me want to check my passport is up to date and go exploring. Another goal for my 2017 research!