The title above was a search term that found my blog instead of green lemons. Ironically, I research both Greens AND Lemmons. And Lemons. There are no such things as coincidences.
Talking again about that Sutphin family I blogged about the other day. That family intermarried quite heavily with the Lemmon family I started researching because of their being near my Lemons.
I suppose it's no great leap understanding that because of the lack of easy travel, groups of people moved together en mass, with some in the family arriving in a new place first and then writing (actual snail mail!) family members back "home" in the East and convincing them to move out "West" to Michigan.
The more I research the more I appreciate what a huge part family ties played in the daily lives of our ancestors. It's endlessly fascinating to me to be this long-distance witness to the marriages and births of all these people who lived so long ago. As far as I know, I have no blood ties to these Lemmons and Sutphins, yet their lives can occupy me for entire days as I trace their lines.
I started last week indexing death certificates for Family Search. It's relatively easy to do and interesting work. I keep hoping I'll stumble accidentally over members of my own family, or families I'm researching just for the fun of it.