Saturday, November 7, 2009

1/2 of my genetic mixture . . .

. . . comes from my mom, of course. According to the dominant cultural practice of the day, when she was born she received the last name of "Elting," the name of her father's clan.

My mom's sister--my Auntie Grace--has recently birthed a blog dedicated to the Elting clan and all of it's many constituent branches, oxbows, and filigree.

Grace is the family genealogist & historian, a position of much value and honor in any clan. I'm indebted to her work preserving and making available our family's history, and for her involvement in the Bevier-Elting Family Association (BEFA). The BEFA is headquartered in New Paltz, New York. The Eltings and Beviers go back to the 17th century Dutch and Huguenot settlement in this and other communities up the Hudson from NYC. A fascinating chunk of this history is preserved at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz.

For example, the Bevier-Elting house, above, built in 1698, well before I was born.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, James, for this tribute. Though I don a "genealogist hat" to forward what information I may have collected somewhere at some time from some relative, it's the family stories, myths, legends and oddities that I enjoy the most. On Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY, there is a dedicated effort to preserve the stone houses, archived documents and photos, and the extensive collection of all things related to our Huguenot and Dutch founding families. It's truly an American treasure that we wish to share with everyone.