About Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
I am a volunteer curator for Geni.com, with a current focus on Colonial America. To read more about the curator program: "Building our shared family tree" on 15 September 2010, and on the Geni Community Wiki (the "wiki" link at the bottom of every Geni page).
Please do not use the Geni guest book to discuss Geni profiles, use "contact manager" from the profile page.
Don't be surprised if you find me in parts of the World Family Tree near to you! It's part of my work as a Geni curator to help clean up the World Tree, so I might end up in branches close to you. If you see my work in the tree near where you are working, say hello! I'm delighted to meet you, and happy to be of service. And, of course, if I've made any mistakes, please let me know, and attach sources to the profile or in a Discussion under that profile. All of us, curators and users alike, work together here on Geni.
If you would like to learn more about the concept of a World Family Tree is on Geni, please check out the Geni project: Connecting to the Big Tree for more information about it.
If you like start ups, enriching data, working with people globally, and seeing the practice of genealogy evolve before your eyes, you will benefit from joining the informal "collaboration pool." I certainly have, and so has my family tree. That discussion is here: http://www.geni.com/discussions/6000000008539319639. To join up, post your user ID at the end of the thread.
Families actively researching, in "first arriving to America" order:
Mackworth from England to the Province of Maine. Cleeve from Shropshire in England to the Province of Maine. Woolard from England to the Virginia Colony. Penny from England to Isle of Wight in the Virginia Colony. Musgrove from England to Baltimore in the Maryland Colony. Swearingen from Belgium to the New Sweden Colony. Ross from Wales (?) to the Rhode Island Colony. Reade / Reed from London, England to Concord in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Rice from England to Concord in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hill from England to Maine or New Hampshire. Lindley from Ireland to Pennsylvania. Richter from Germany to the Germanna Colony. McElwain from Ireland to Pennsylvania. Barnes from Ireland to North Carolina. Howton from England to Virginia. Lawson from England or Scotland to Virginia. Cunningham from Northern Ireland to Tennessee. Gottesman from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Boston, Massachusetts. Switoch from Pinsk in Belarus to New Orleans, Louisiana. Hyman from Brody in Galicia to New Orleans, Louisiana. "Also: Daniel Ladd, with the first settlers, in 1637, in Haverhill, and by intermarriages became connected with the Noyes, Jaques, Emerson, and other old families of the Merrimack valley."
News: 18 May 2012 - paternal first cousin had a mitochrondrial DNA test done with results: J21a1
... Genealogy is where you confuse the dead and irritate the living ...