Excellent stuff, NW. You really are moving in a good direction in many ways. I'd like to think that I was a big part of that and that there will be a bottle of 12-year-old Macallan on my doorstep Christmas eve...
My uncle was big into genealogy back before the Interwebs and all, meaning he had to take time to go through the state library microfiche and dusty old crap like that. I'd like to go back and update it, since we've had the usual comings and goings, as it were. (Hard to believe this will be my first Christmas with no living grandparents...) He traced us back to Germany, coming to the US in 1724 IIRC.
I did some preliminary stuff on my father's side (surprised no one ever did this), and was really amazed. If I am correct, they came over from a region in Germany close to the maternal relatives, but about 20 years earlier, and both of them followed pretty much the same path (entering into Philadelphia, migrating to central PA's Lancaster and Dauphin counties). Even just using freebie stuff I was able to get a good idea of my forebears on the father's side going back to 1500s Germany and Switzerland.
I'd like to confirm and really plot out the tree, get as much story as I can, and then put it into a bound form to distribute to all my slacker relatives (w/ a DVD).
One thing that really stood out was how hardy my forebears were. You'd see a lot of very early death (disease, accidents), but a surprising number of relatives who lived into their 70s and 80s, even back in the 1700s and 1800s. One criticism of Primal is that people eating the way they did didn't develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. because the average lifespan was only 40- or 50-something. Yes, the average was. But if you got past disease and accidents and lived your natural lifespan, apparently it was possible to live long without diseases of civilization! And the two relatives I lost this year were 95 and 97, and I have someone 104 on my paternal GM's side.
Should be noted that while there were doctors, teachers, and politicians, probably the occupation of the vast majority involved farming. So I would imagine that they ate pretty close to Primally: livestock, subsistence crops, and probably corn among the grains would have been favored in this area, although possibly some einkorn wheat. Will have to see what I can dig up there, would love to incorporate diet and disease data into all of this.
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