Several family lines came from around the world to settle in America.
Jonathan's family is a story of the immigration patterns of the late 1800s
and early 1900s to New York. His paternal family is Jewish and came
from Russia (Ukraine), Romania, and Poland. His maternal family is
Catholic. His grandfather is 100% French Canadian, with many lines
through Québec to France in the 1600s. His maternal grandmother's
father is Irish, her mother is German.
Stephanie's family tells about the Western Migration patterns and the Colonial
Period in New England, with a direct line from John Alden and Priscilla
Mullins on the Mayflower, among others. Her paternal grandfather
seems to have come from Ireland in the 1700s and there are suspected ties
to the Cherokee tribe, as well as stories of the great cousin "Kit Carson,"
though not completely proven. Her paternal grandmother is full Swedish,
though born in America. Her mother is from Värmland län
(county), in the parishes of Färnebo, Rämmen, and Gåsborn.
Her father is a little further south, in Vislanda parish in Kronobergs
län, Småland province. Stephanie's maternal grandfather
is from Maine and comes from some families that settled Massachusetts and
Maine in the 1600s, including John Alden. Her maternal grandmother
comes from the South: Tennessee and North Carolina, and there the
trail runs cold, possibly back to Ireland.
[Note: The tree in the background is from Småland, Sweden and
is the oldest oak in Northern Europe, around a thousand years!]