When many of your ancestral lines converge in a single small geographic location in the very early history of a country, the normal assumption is that you have ties to most of the families that lived there during the next few generations.
Well you’d be right most of the time.
Recently, while helping a friend with his ancestral research, we discovered that we are cousins. Not close cousins. Certainly not the kissing kind, but we are cousins nonetheless and that makes your perceived relationship different.
Enter the book “Long Island Genealogies” by Mary Powell Bunker (another cousin from a few generations earlier than my friend / cousin and I). Mary didn’t include every family name in early Long Island in her book, but odd are, if you have early ancestry in Long Island, at least a few of their surnames are mentioned in the book.
Once again, we can read Mary’s work online. Thanks Google Books!