My name is Karen Batchelor and I’m a genealogist, family historian and storyteller. For almost 40 years, I’ve been on the hunt for my ancestors – family long-dead, often forgotten, sometimes elusive but always interesting. Their legacy is the stories of strength, survival and beating the odds – the reason why I am here today.
My New Year’s resolution in 1976 got me started doing genealogy. A phone conversation shortly afterwards with my Great-Aunt Clara fanned the flame and well frankly – I’ve been hot on the trail.
Because I started researching my family history long before computers and the almighty Internet, I learned how to do it the old-fashioned way – through the proven step-by-step process called “genealogy”. Within 10 months, my new-found skills led me to a big surprise – an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War. That discovery led to my becoming the first acknowledged Black member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1977.
And I’ve been on a roll ever since - discovering Puritans, pioneers and patriots, slaves and slave owners and even a New England witch or two. They have all come together what I now affectionately refer to as my -
And hence, the name for this blog where I write about:
- The “Extremes” on my family tree
- Ongoing research – successes and brick walls
- How I share what I’ve learned with others who want to do family history but don’t know how and
- The stories that connect me forever to family who may be distant in time, but who will always be mine.
That’s the short story of Extreme Ancestry. You’ll be able to read the articles here on your computer or on a mobile device. As you navigate around the site, here are some important stops along the way -
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