The perfect weather continued for our Christina River cruise and a visit
to the oldest church in Delaware.
We visited some ancestors today although we couldn't tell exactly who's
Today was touristy all day long. We started with a bus tour and ended with
a stroll in an alley.
I actually left home yesterday but that day was filled with expressway
driving. We got in some sightseeing today and I'm calling it day 1.
Existing knowledge of my maternal grandfather's lineage has long ended at
just a couple of generations back. In terms of details it still does but
modern DNA testing has linked my immediate Bankson ancestors with a
Bengtsson who reached North America from Sweden in the 1600s. How the
seventeenth century immigrant connects to the nineteenth century beginning
of that branch on my family tree is a complete mystery but a cousin has
been working on solving it. Anders Bengtsson lived out his life in the
area around what is now Philadelphia so there may be some clues there.
That cousin, her sister, and her dad (my uncle) decided to go look. They
sort of automatically included in the group because 1) I've done some
genealogy tracking in the past and 2) Denny'll go anywhere. We will visit
a couple of churches and cemeteries with possible family ties and we will
cruise on a replica of the ship our ancestor crossed the Atlantic on.
Regardless of whether or not we uncover any of our family's history, we
will for sure look over some of our nation's history.