Last week’s survey asked about missionary ancestors. 81% of respondents did not know of any ancestors who were missionaries. 6% reported missionary ancestors in the Western United States, and 5% percent reported “missionary service elsewhere in the world.” Only 1% had missionary ancestors in the Middle East. Complete results are:
81%, I do not know of any ancestors who were missionaries
6%, Western United States
5%, Missionary service elsewhere in the world
4%, Eastern Asia
2%, Pacific Islands
1%, Middle East
1%, South America
Readers who wish to learn more about missionary ancestors may enjoy Rhonda R. McClure's "Onward Christian Soldiers: Researching New England Missionary Ancestors," New England Ancestors 9 (2008) 1:29-31. This issue also features Jonathan Conant Page's "New England Missionaries Abroad: The Allen and Wheeler Families in the Ottoman Empire," and Betty Fullard-Leo's "Lucy Thurston, Missionary Wife." These articles are available to NEHGS members through AmericanAncestors.org.
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