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Location: NJ, USA
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Immediate Family

    • Jeremiah
      son
    • Leroy
      father
    • Georgiana
      mother
    • Susan
      sister

About Lorraine Iona O'Dell

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Researching the following surnames: Beesimer, Beismer and variant spellings, Debeck, Flower(s), Hogancamp, Hulse, Mattice, Odell, O'Dell, Oliver, Platner, Vande(r)mark, Wormuth, in New York State (particularly Columbia, Ulster, Greene, Sullivan and Delaware counties) and surrounding areas.

I've been researching my families for over 36 years. I'm a professional librarian. This all began when I was a little girl and my maternal grandmother, Maggie Beismer, said to me several times, "You must have inherited all the Indian blood in the family". When I asked her what she was talking about, she told me that my great great great grandfather went to "the mountains" and brought back a "squaw" as his wife. Little did I know that later I would wonder which ggg grandfather it was, which mountains and if her use of squaw, yones, and papoose was a clue to our ancestry or just the typical ignorance of other culturals, because squaw is a very nasty thing to call a Native woman except in the language of a specific tribe where it simply means woman. Yones is Dutch for children.

I grew up with some Native ancestry as part of my identity. Years later, after various reactions to my pride in this fact about myself, I decided that it might be a good idea to verify this 'fact'. I have not yet been able to do so although I have relatives who tell me they have althought they have not shared that verification with me. Once I began the research in my mother's family, I learned things about my father's family and finally decided to trace all my families as far as I can.

It's a very interesting and entertaining avocation; sometimes very satisfying, sometimes very frustrating. I am now, like so many people facing brick walls on all sides. I've exhausted most of the easily accessible data and now have to find and make the time to get to more remote data without knowing exactly what I might find there. Retirement was looking very good until this past year when the economy has pushed my retirement plans to the distant future....