Numerous requests have come in over the years asking about your project [volunteer] adminstrators, so we set up this page to introduce ourselves.
T. A. Gordon
TAG's kit no. is GG2 (Seton-Gordon branch) and he was the first Gordon to take the DNA test in 2001. He currently resides in Tokyo, where he runs a cross-border market entry and strategy consulting company "gEco" focused on eco-responsible technologies and co-administers this project.
TAG's goal has been to determine is immigrant ancestor to colonial America in the 1700s. He is still searching, but DNA has helped him to eliminate 80% of Gordons in Colonial America from his research and enabled him to focus on Seton-Gordon branch of Gordons.
Kit No. 11284
I've been pursuing genealogy since my late teens. When I was a college freshman, my mother told me that our ancestors has come over on the Mayflower; so I went down to the local library and looked up the Mayflower passenger list. Surprise, surprise!! There weren=t any Gordons on board! Needless to say, I was rather disappointed. She had also told me that we were related to two presidents : John Tyler and Teddy Roosevelt.
When I got back from my trip to the library, I started to quiz my mother about my antecedents. She really didn't know much about her side of the family other than her father's family were Irish.. My mother did know, however, that her mother was a convert to Catholicism and had come from a well-to-do Boston area family and that her grandmother was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. On my father's side all that was known was that my grandfather had come to Boston from Maine as a young man.
Well, that was enough to get me started. My mother, bless her soul, did not discourage my efforts. She wrote her aunt, who lived in the Boston area, and told her that I was interested in knowing more about the Quinn side of the family. Great Aunt Gertie wrote back a very informative letter all about her father who had emigrated from Canada and his father who had come from Ireland.
At this point, I started perusing an antiques magazine at the library which had a genealogy column. I had hoped to find top find some answers to my questions; but no luck! The magazine=s genealogy column was long on queries and short on answers. Shortly after that, I began working to help pay for my books and lab fees in college. Then I joined the USAF and my genealogy got put on hold for about 10 years.
After an overseas tour in Turkey I was stationed in the Wahsingotn DC area. At this point, I took up genealogy in earnest again. I thought to myself: AWow! What opportunities -- DAR Hq, Library of Congress, National Archives, National Genealogical Society.@ Just to name a few. There were also facilities in the Baltimore area. Of course, by this time, I was married and although the opportunities were there, unfortunately I had to squeeze them into making a living, supporting a wife and continuing my academic and professional education.
Of course, having forebears from the Eastern seaboard; Massachusetts and Maine in particular, made my research easier than if they had come from elsewhere. Eventually I found my Mayflower ancestors. Yes, indeed, my mother=s ancestors had come over on the Mayflower. They weren=t Gordons or Quinns or Simonds or Tylers -- they were Moultons. I also found that my Tylers were actually distant cousins of President Tyler. Both of these instances illustrate one basic truth for beginning genealogists: While Afamily lore@ my not be entirely true, there will be enough truth in it to point you in the right direction!
I continued to climb my family tree, exhausting the resources of the National Archives, most of the Library of Congress and the DAR Library. It was now time to go afield! Several trips to the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore proved fruitful; but I soon exhausted their resources. I then started writing to Town Clerks of the towns in Hancock County, Maine, where my grandfather=s family had lived. Once again, I reached a stone wall. Until I received a letter from a distant cousin in Sullivan, Maine. It seems that the Sullivan Town Clerk had given my letter to him because the Clerk knew that my cousin had done some research on the Gordons of Hancock County. From him, I found that my ancestors had originally come from York, Maine. That gave me two more generations of my family and another stone wall that I=m still trying to break down.
While at the National Genealogical Society (NGS), I found that they offered a home study course for beginning genealogists, which I completed. In my researches at the Library of Congress and NGS, I came across the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Register. So, I joined the Society to get the Register. I subsequently joined NGS for their computer users newsletter. I came across the York County [ME] Genealogical Society=s Journal while on another field trip here im Maryland. Then I decided it was time to start getting it straight from the horse=s mouth. One summer, my wife and I drove up to York, Maine for a week=s vacation. While I Arummaged in dusty archives,@ she availed herself of the many tourist attractions in the York area.
Since that time, I have attended three week-long genealogical seminars in Boston, found two more distant cousins in Maine, met a couple of genealogical cousins (one from Wisconsin and one from Canada) made some progress on my Gordon and last, but not least, had my Y-DNA and mt-DNA analyzed and here I am. For the past three years I have been able to summer in Maine to do some more original research.
Kit No. 367734
Sharon is a descendant of John Gordon Jr. and our resident specialist for Gordon research in the Mid-Atlantic (VA, NC, SC) in the U.S. where many of our U.S. Gordons have trails that end.