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Researcher offers tips on finding your British roots

By From page A8 | January 11, 2013

Researcher and retired professor Martha Teeter will present a program on British migration on Tuesday, Jan. 15, for the Davis Genealogy Club. Her free talk, “British Roots: 4 Colonial Migrations as Clues to British Ancestry,” will begin at 1 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

Many know they are of British descent, but tracing their origins “across the pond” is a challenge, unless they know the parish of their ancestors in the U.K. Fortunately, history can help, Teeter says.

The British moved to America in colonial times in four distinct waves. Surprisingly, what we know today as typical New England, Southern and Appalachian character came from cultural transplantation from Britain to America. Thus, knowing where your family lived in colonial times in America can greatly aid in finding your British origins, Teeter explains.

She will describe the results of this cultural history research, provide maps of the regions of emigration and immigration and discuss how these can help one pinpoint British origins.

Teeter has been doing genealogical research for more than 40 years, following in the footsteps of her father and brother. She has loved the ballads of Britain since high school. She recently uncovered her New England and Scots-Irish roots, which led to an interest in cultural migrations. A retired professor, she has lectured extensively in her scientific discipline and still teaches at the UC Davis Medical Center.

The Davis Genealogy Club has switched its meeting days to the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. to alleviate parking concerns. All are welcome.

The Genealogy Library at the Davis Senior Center continues to remain open to the public each Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. A volunteer is available during these hours to help with questions.

To learn more about the Davis Genealogy Club and library, visit the club website at www.davisgenealogy.org or call Lisa Henderson at 530-753-8943.

Enterprise staff

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