September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Are there pirates plundering their way up your family tree?


pirate ancestryFor some it would be thrilling to discover pirate ancestry in their family tree. Others might experience a slight shiver in their timbers. Learning more about connections to interesting characters in history is part of the appeal of genealogical research. And discovering that your ancestors were involved in historic events and time periods makes it all the more intriguing.

Pirate ancestry can be traced through notable surnames such as Morgan, Kidd, Teach, Rackham, Bonny or Read. If these names are part of your ancestry there may well be a pirate sailing the seven seas through your family history. Many surnames associated with the Carolina coast area can also be found in pirate records of the 18th century. If you have ancestors from coastal North Carolina, pirate ancestry is not as farfetched as you might think. A little research may be all you need to determine if a skull and crossbones should be flying on your family flagpole. Yo ho ho! For more on the subject visit

Looking for help in making historical connections? Contact Heirlines Family History and Genealogy who have been breaking through family history walls for almost 40 years. Give us a call to speak with one of our professional genealogists today.

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