Is this the blog post I’ve been trying to put out for weeks? Of course not!

But these are appearing in my Facebook feed and looked fun–Thank you Kris R., Cousin Marcia and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak. They also played into a thought I had the other day listening to an article about the the Lansing State Journal’sMichigan Best Small Town” competition currently in the Final Four round.  Though I don’t quite know how I got around to it, it occurred to me that I am part of a 7th generation of children born and (mostly) raised in Michigan. Smith Lapham and his Gilbert in-laws were here in the Washtenaw County area in the late 1820s… which, mind you, I found fairly boring when I first started out, but it made for a great learning experience when I was starting in my research.

So, here’s my 5-Generation Birth Location Chart. Looks pretty good up to this point. It starts going nuts in the next generation with question marks, more immigrants, and, of course, more Michiganders.

Happy hunting,

Jess

5GenLocChart

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