Many believe that Christopher Columbus was the first European to lay eyes on a new continent, but almost 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus’s epic journey a Norseman named Leif Ericson set foot on North America. The Vikings of Scandinavia were the first to discover and understand that there was a new continent to the west of them. While Christopher Columbus did discover the West Indies he died believing he had reached Asia. [Read more…]
Sir Walter Raleigh was an was an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy and explorer. He was cousin to Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert. He is also well known for popularizing tobacco in England. He came to the height of his influence under the reign of Queen Elizabeth and became a trusted advisor to her. [Read more…]
One of the most peculiar stories in American History is the story of the lost colony of Roanoke. In 1587, 115 colonists were dispatched to Roanoke Island to begin a new colony in the New World. These colonists preceded the colonists of Jamestown, The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony, and the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Within 3 years of the settlement the colonists had disappeared without a trace. There were no signs of struggle and there was not a mass grave found. The only thing that remained was an inscription on a tree that read CROATOANS. This disappearance has baffled historians for centuries and has led to many projects, archaeological digs, and even forgeries. [Read more…]
So you want to know a little bit about Ashtabula County Genealogy?
Ashtabula County is located in the northeastern corner of Ohio and is bordered by Lake Erie and Pennsylvania. The county has experienced a small decline in population, losing 2.9 percent of its 102,360 residents between 1995 and 2000. Ashtabula is the largest community in the county, with almost twenty-one thousand residents in 2000. The county seat of Jefferson ranks a distant fourth in size, with just over 3,300 residents in 2002. The county averages 146 residents per square mile. It also has more covered bridges than any other Ohio county. [Read more…]
So you want to learn a little bit about Ashland County Genealogy
Ashland County was created on February 24, 1846. Citizens chose the name in honor of popular Whig Henry Clay. Clay’s home in Lexington, Kentucky, was named Ashland. Thomas Coulter established Perrysville, the first white settlement in Ashland County, in 1815, although individual whites had resided in the county for approximately fifty years before this date. [Read more…]