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FRACTAL GENEALOGY DEFINED

Fractal geometry has been around for awhile but the adjective "fractal" comes from French and Latin meaning "broken, uneven". As an adjective it describes that which is composed of various (extremely irregular) shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size. This describes my Cape Cod family tree to a "T".

LINKS TO CAPE COD SURNAMES

ROGERS: COSFORD,CHURCHMAN,DEANE,SNOW,HIGGINS TWINING, PHINNEY, PAINE:
YOUNG:
SNOW:
TWINING:
DOANE:
RING:
GORHAM:
HOWLAND:
BAXTER:
CLARKE:

SOME OF THE FAMILIES

The fractal Cape Cod family relationships in my line include such names as RING, SNOW, CLARKE, HOPKINS, DEANE, ROGERS, TWINING, COLE, DOANE, YOUNG, GORHAM, HOWLAND, BAXTER, WING, HARDING, PHINNEY, PAINE, DOWNS... In order to bring some "order" to these forebears, I have restricted them to the first two or three generations during the first hundred years.

LIMITED LOCATIONS

Most of these families, if not all, were confined to very early first generation Plymouth, Eastham, Yarmouth and Sandwich. Quakers went afield, as they were wont to do, but the generations intermingled for the first few decades and produced the fractal genealogy that is so fascinating to unravel and then rebuild. It produces a most artistic view of the process and, indeed, it is an art form!