This presentation explores the people who lived in the colonies including the Native Americans, English immigrants, and non-English immigrants. Analysis will be provided of immigrant’s home country and why the immigrants came to colony of arrival. We will explore the life situations and how our ancestors adjusted into the various social classes of the colonies. Guidance will be given on researching ancestors in the colonies using DNA, ship’s logs, court records, tax records, land records, and clues provided by family names and religion.
Curt Sylvester has researched extensively in the American colonies. He has verified over 130 immigrant great-grandparents that arrived in the colonies prior to 1789. The earliest ancestor arrived in 1618. Prior to the Revolution, Curt had several ancestors who were in the colonial militias and leaders in colonial government including one who was an acting governor of the colony of Virginia. Curt has documented nineteen great-grandparents who were veterans of the Revolutionary War and five who were veterans of the War of 1812. He is a member of the Indiana Territorial Guard authenticating eight great-grandparents that lived in Indiana before it became a state in 1816. He has eleven great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Clark County, Indiana and twenty-six great-grandparents that qualified for First Families of Monroe County, Indiana. Curt is a board member of the Indiana Genealogical Society and is a Past-President of the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. He holds a doctorate degree from Drew University.