Welcome! You have somehow landed here and I hope you enjoy your stay! This is my blog about my family history. My wanderings through the incredible world of genealogy, my desire to learn about my ancestry, and of course, to share with you what I learn along the way. Good, bad, ugly, tragic, enlightening, frightening, the whole smorgasbord! And, along the way you will undoubtedly learn about me, my thoughts, my struggles and my joys. If I am choosing to reveal the personal lives of my ancestors, it’s only fair that I share who I am as well, right? Besides, the more you learn about me the more you will understand what drives me (more accurately why I’m addicted) to geneaology. So, let’s get started!
Let me introduce myself. I am Kimberly Crabtree McCullars. Since we are friends you can call me Kim! I was born a Crabtree, but what does that name really mean? When I was a kid I believed it meant I had Native American blood (more on that in a future post!). I learned in school how Indian names where simply word combinations of things in nature; animals, plants, earth, water, etc., or places, actions, spiritual influences and such. So, Crab plus Tree. Ok, a strange combination, not the most interesting pairing of words, but it is what it is, or so I thought. In all actuality, Crabtree is a very European, English name. Much like Native American names, early European names come from describing something, whether it be a profession (Porter, name of a person who’s occupation was that of a Doorman), a place (Sands, referring to a person living at or near a beach), a connection to another person (Niles, as in son of Neil), or, perhaps even a personality trait that might suggest a cheerful, carefree, sunny outlook on life (Blythe means happy and joyous). So, what does that say about the surname Crabtree? According to Mr. Peter Crabtree who has a Crabtree DNA project, a Crabtree Family History Website, and is also writing a book detailing facts and history of the Crabtree surname, the basic meaning of this name lies in the origin of people back in the 1300’s who gathered and dwelled under wild apple trees in the Yorkshire area of England.
I do see some similarities between the European and Native American tradition of personalizing and categorizing individual and groups of people through naming. It is indeed a glimpse of who we are, based on those who came before us so long ago. The first step in finding out our family history comes from looking at our very own surname. But, as we spread out through our maternal and paternal grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents and beyond, we discover a plethora of surnames that make up the mix of where we have come from. And, oh how interesting that can be! So, I hope you will enjoy my journey as I look back at all, or should I say some, who existed for me to be who I am, and what it meant for them to live and survive their personal life in their snapshots of time. And, who knows….maybe, just maybe, we will find a connection to one another along the way!