The following pages are my humble attempt to better understand my lineage and learn some of the family stories that have been lost in the telling over the years. I hope you find some excitement in the following pages and if you have something to add, it is warmly welcomed. I have traveled the US in search of some of this and plan on traveling further from home hoping to discover even more. If I find you along the path let's take time to share some lemonade and stories that can add to your and my enjoyment of knowing who we are and where we come from. I fondly refer to this research as "World Peace, Family Style" as I firmly believe that if we spent a little more time getting to know each other we'd better understand how closely we are connected.
How all this research began-?
This project began thanks to my Mother and Brother. It was at my Brother's request and curiosity that my Mother took the initiative to go down to the National Archives in Washington D.C. and find the information that launched this family history project. All of my life I had believed I was of English descent (which through the Bedford line I am), little did we know that our Drakes' came from Germany. Henry Drake and his family migrated on the Brig Neptune to New York in 1834 then, passing through Pennsylvania and Cincinnati, Ohio (where some members settled) and finally settling in Dayton, Ohio in the year 1849.
There begins this journey, but there, it does not end...
The information on the following pages is gathered from many sources and is correct to the best of my knowledge. Please verify all dates and information found here before assuming it is completely accurate. Any corrections would be greatly appreciated; this is a work in progress. Please send me any information that can add to my data to expand on the Ancestors of Gordon Converse Hiler Drake b-1957 in Berkeley, California. Pictures of family members are greatly appreciated....
Please!! Write and ask questions and send me your connecting family information when you do!
My complete gedcom file with other researchers gedcom's and research merged is here.
My more focused research and gedcom file is here.
Assorted photos are here, thanks to everyone who have kindly shared these photos with me.
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Photos of Martin Heffelfinger's will from 1742 are now online!
Visit the Heffelfinger album, click this link.
When you click on the "HOME" links in the research pages it will bring you back to this page, clicking on the "INDEX" link will bring you back to the root of the file you are viewing.
I have created a small book in pdf format and will continue to update it as time permits, the current file is here.
I also have some links to interesting sites that I've collected as carried out my research, the links' page is here.
last updated: November 19, 2012
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This web site prepared and produced November 19, 2012 by Gordon Drake