There is a sense of awe, calm and an unusual knowing when one is able to trace their lineage back far... and in my case, to 80AD. After not being able to go beyond my paternal grandmother in ancestry for 41 years, I've traced our line all the way back to the forefathers of Vikings... to the land Kvenland, now known as Finland, and to my 50th great grandfather, King Snaer Kvenland (80-100 AD)... to the land and people of Norse Mythology which I have always loved. Now I know why. Surreal and awesome!
I'm feeling pretty fantastic in being able to trace my paternal line so far back. I am lucky. Very lucky to be able to do so. The information will sit with me all my life and I will make sure to pass it down to my son and niece and nephew, hoping they will do the same. At some point, we are all connected, when you go so far back. I will next be tracing some of the materal links as well, eventually publishing as a book.
The map above probably dates 700AD and after. Finland would be to the North and East of Sweden. So, it makes sense that my parternal lineage came down from Finland, Norway, France, England/Ireland and then to the Americas.
All this, now upon me. Feeling incredibly happy and above all... thankful for modern day techonology. Here's to making some travel plans!