Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Question of the Day

After watching the coverage of the “Day Without Immigrants” rallies yesterday, I got to thinking how close — or far removed — each of us is to the issue of immigration in terms of our own families.

Do you know when your ancestors arrived in the U.S. and whether or not they were documented when they arrived?

As Michael points out, unless you can trace your lineage back to the First Nations (as the Canadians call them), we’re all immigrants.

As for me, I’m not really sure. I know my maternal grandmother went through all sorts of genealogical tracing to join the Colonial Dames to prove that she was one, but other than that, I really don’t know when my ancestors arrived from Wales, Ireland, Holland, England, and the various other places that make up my family.