I have spent a lot of time tracing my Irish roots (Sweeney, Horan and Brennan). This culminated in a trip to Ireland where we met cousins and saw the old family cottages. Recently, I returned to researching my Gaetz line (my mother’s mother). Wow, there is so much information and so many people sharing their Gaetz family research. If you believe the records, the Gotz family was from Zurich in the 1500s and went to Palatinate, Germany by 1600. The name became Gaetz. Then in 1751 they came to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia along with 2000 “foreign protestants” who left Germany and other parts of Europe. In 1918, my grandmother Florence Gaetz came to the USA with her sister.
When I visited Zurich last summer, I had no idea I was going home
On ancestry.com there are lots of people sharing their Gaetz family tree. Also, familysearch.org has an extensive number of Gaetz’s. All sources seem consistent which sounds like a good thing. However, I suppose there is also a risk that people are just reinforcing inaccurate data by passing it around. I’ll have to look more carefully at the real sources.
So many questions, so little time.