What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
USA, Ireland, Great Britain
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My maternal grandmother used to talk, when I was a child, about our Drake ancestors and she had a genealogist's record that is published in the NEHGS describing that family. I was interested to learn how these Drakes came to the USA, so I began with that surname and worked back and through the many related families. These families were fairly easy to research as they were all early to the USA.
I later began working on my dad's Scotch-Irish family...much harder work with many red herrings and dead ends. I am still trying to find some of the great and great great grandparents back in Ireland/Northern Ireland, but am not having very good luck.
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Unfortunately I haven't been able to get back past a William MCCOY born abt. 1730, probably in Maryland. After he died in 1764, his widow, Ann(a) and 3 children moved to Bedford Co., VA, and married a John STUMP. Her son William MCCOY, Jr. was my husband's gr.gr.gr. grandfather. His descendants moved to Breckinridge Co., KY, in the early 1800s.I have no idea where the senior William MCCOY came from.
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