Herein Lies the Ancestry of
Joseph Alexander Betz

Includes Early New England, European and Native American Indian Connections


Searchable Family Database

Fun Connections... we're all related
Rosie O'Donnell & Bridget Moynahan Related
(Famous 1st & 3rd cousin connection)
Bush & Obama Genealogical Connection
(both distant cousins with me)
1620 Mayflower Ancestors
(Stephen Hopkins & William Brewster)

Name Origins of US Presidents

(noting shared Colonial New England Ancestors with me)

Searchable Genealogical Indexes and Lineage Society Sites

About Me... Joe Betz

I am an American architect and academic.  I have been actively pursuing genealogy since 1997 and am a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Being 1/128th Native American Indian (indigenous/aboriginal/native people), my earliest ancestors to North America probably arrived some 15,000 years ago.  They were from the Snare/Shuswap/Secwépemc tribe near Jasper National Park on the eastern face of the Western Canadian Rockies. I then had four ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, one of whom, Stephen Hopkins, had earlier been to America.  He was shipwrecked on Bermuda in 1609 for a year on his way to Jamestown, Virginia in 1610.  The next immigrants were English who came in the Great Migration of 1630 to Boston, then Scots-Irish in the 1720's to the backwoods of New England, Famine Irish in the 1840's and Germans in the 1870's to New York City and finally Irish Nationals from Northern Ireland in the 1922 partition... the rest is history.  I have served for many years as the Registrar (lineage application reviewer) of the Long Island Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  I also hold dual Irish/EU citizenship (a birthright without an oath to Ireland) as the result of my genealogical research through my mother's side.

Copyright  Joseph A. Betz,

(last modified: January 2019)

Warren Read Smith (1848-1911)

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Daguerreotype circa 1852