Some ancestors came from England in the 1600s, after the Mayflower landed in Plymouth in 1620. Some ancestors were in Rhode Island with Roger Williams in 1636, and were among the founders of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Other ancestors moved from Massachusetts to Rhode Island in the 1700s. One person of that family, Stephen Hopkins, signed the Declaration of Independence, while other family members fought in the American Revolution.
Another branch of the family, from Long Island, was on the side of the British in the Revolutionary War. These people were called Loyalists. After the war, they wanted to remain British, so they moved to Canada.
During the Potato Famine in Ireland in 1845, many Irish and Scottish people migrated to the United States and Canada. Their children married people that were in North America.
Ancestors came from Ireland and Scotland, England and Canada. The Place and McBride families were Yankee and Irish. The Porter and London families came from Canada.
This blog focuses on Polish ancestors. Our great-grandparents came to the United States in 1881 (Szczepański) and 1883 (Maciejewski) from the German part of Poland. In 1913, our Skrok and Kapuscinski grandparents came to America from the Russian part of Poland. They married in America, had two children and returned to Poland, which had become a free country after the First World War. The Skrok/Kapuściński family lived several years in Poland, and then returned to the United States in 1923.
Other family ancestors came to the United States from Germany in the 1950s. The Monsees family was German. The Moser/Mehnert families lived in Silesia, an area of Germany that became part of Poland after World War II.
From colonial days to the mid twentieth century, family ancestors traveled to America.