It seems a number of my genealogy colleagues can trace at least one line of their family to the United States eastern seaboard and colonial times. Often their New England ties are connected with other well-researched and documented family histories. Alas, what is this relative new-comer to do? My earliest immigrant ancestors only arrived in the United States in the mid-1850s. (Nipp ancestors from Liechtenstein who settled in Clayton and Dubuque Counties on the “eastern” coast of Iowa along the Mississippi River.)
In fact ALL branches of my family settled in Iowa before some of them moved onto South Dakota. The genealogical “advantage” of that is that on-site visits to courthouses, cemeteries, libraries and archives are just a bit easier to accomplish, given that proximity.
And, as Martha Stewart would say, “That’s a good thing.”
Something in my research methods usually necessitates a return visit to recheck a fact or source that I overlooked on my first trip. But with better planning and more experience those return trips are declining <somewhat> in frequency.
Despite not being eligible for membership in early American lineage societies, I am quite content being a Midwest person by heritage. At least from 1852!