My aunt, Lovilla Mounce, was the family historian and did a great deal of geneological research pre-computer!
I found the connection online for my birth name all the way back to Thomas Person (Pearson) who bought a tract of land in the new Pennsylvania from Wm. Penn whilst in London. He also came over with Penn's first sailing. 1682(?)
If I could find that connection again, I could claim rights to the Welcome Society (sort of like Daughters of the Revolution, etc). Whoppee.
My Gr. Grandfather Clarence Pearson was the last practicing Quaker in my lineage, his father Ezra Pearson being a pastor/minister who moved from the East Coast to where the need was for a preacher in Greenleaf Idaho. I've seen his headstone.
On my mother's mother's side, we trace back to the Henry Wood family (english), one of the three first white families to settle in the Ozarks. The other two family names are Johnson, and Wm. Clinton. President Bill's adoptive parents ancestors.
Other maternal names are Beck (german) Bass (german) Cover (german/swedish)
Unfortunately, no one knows who my sperm doner was. My birthmother took that information to the grave with her.
Interestingly, my Aunt Lovila (Beelah) who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, fell in love at 16 and married and moved to Springdale area Arkansas, Ozarks. Less than 75 miles from the original Woods family homestead.
This is so very special to me because I was adopted!