It was my sister who first started looking into the family genealogy. I caught the bug from her and started researching it in the early 1990's. I first kept it in an app on my personal computer. Around the time I created this site, I created a second one on rootsweb. Eventually, I created my own stand-alone site. You can find that site at: American Colonial Origins.

The photograph at the right shows four generations of my family. From oldest to youngest, they are Susan (Patton) Bowles, Phoebe (Bowles) Coats, Eunice (Coats) Rowe, Phyllis Rowe, and Doris Rowe. My father was the next to be born.

four generations photo