My mother before she married was a school teacher. So she home schooled me until age five. As I entered the first grade I was already able read, write, and solve math problems at a second grade level.
Mom's favorite subject was history. She also told me whom some of our ancestors were and where they came from.
I really got into world history in high school. Twenty years later
I became interested in genealogy and since then have found both
disciplines inextricably linked.
From an early age I knew that Kelly ancestors came from Ireland, as my parents and grand parents often talked about it. Grandma hardly stopped talking about it.
I suspected that some ancestors came from places other than Ireland. It was 1998 when Rutledge/Routledge
cousins informed me that their original homeland was North England, Cumbria,
three miles south of the Anglo-Scot border where history placed them among the infamous Border Reiver Clans. along with Armstrong and Graham.
Further Research pointed to several places in Europe
where history suggests they originated.
History further suggested they came from that vast area between Denmark and France, which included Germany, Austria, Belgium and Netherland, an area now known as Normandy.
Site Map of Europe
The Normans it turns out were originally Viking raiders from Denmark and Sweden who took their long boats up rivers to raid commerce as far as the ancient city of Paris.
To make history interesting for children, I
took liberal editorial license. Facts upon which the "Fun
Histories" were based were gleaned over forty years in time and from hundreds of sources.
Histories 1998 - 2018
To The Celts They
came from Europe
Masters Of The Seas
The Lawless Border Reivers
The Famous Reiver Curse:
The great Bishop's Cursing in The
The great Bishops Cursing in The
Fun Histories authored by Don Kelly
protected 1997 - 2003
On Site Links
Other relevant maps
Reiver Families there
were about 77 riding clans.
Moments in history, from Clara
and Iron Mining
Pictures of Robert
Kings and Queens of
Genealogy of Robert
the Bruce, King of Scotland
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