Thursday, January 30, 2014
Happy Third Anniversary to Us!
Ironically, I didn't start out in PWCo. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. My father, Howard Moore Lynn, was a Philly police officer and in my mind he was always "Philly." He passed away of a brain tumor in 1969, several years after he and my mother divorced, and I suppose I just assumed he was buried in Philly as well. It wasn't until after I'd moved to Virginia for a better employment opportunity that I learned he was a Virginian by birth. About 1991, with the help of the most excellent staff at RELIC in the Bull Run Library, I "found" my father's father -- Earl(e) Lynn. To my surprise, grandfather Earl was born in PWCo, the county that I had only recently begun to call home. As my research progressed, I learned that HIS ancestors went back to the 1740's -- all in Prince William, some making significant contributions to the county they called home. The LYNN family increased, multiplied, and married into many other "old" PWCo families -- Cole, Keys, Lowe, Abel, Pridmore, just to name a few.
The more I learned, the more I came to love PWCo, its families, and its rich history. In addition to being a an armchair history/genealogy geek, I'm a computer nerd, and that, essentially, is why this blog came into being. I wasn't certain how many folks would be interested in my little blog, and am frankly amazed that it's had more than 27,000 visits! THANK YOU to all of the folks who have taken the time to stop by!
Which brings me to today -- the beginning of Year Four at Prince William County Genealogy. If you're a frequent visitor -- thank you! If you're a new visitor, please enjoy! To all -- I hope that you will find something on these pages that will help you with your own genealogy/family research. Who knows? It might help someone break down a research "brick wall" or two.