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About us



Descendants past and present have variously expressed their beliefs about

the Old World origin of our ARTERBURN ancestors, whether Scotch-Irish,

German, Austrian, Scottish, English, Indian, or some other.   Now, for the

first time we have cogent historical evidence, supported by genetic genealogy,

that our male ancestral line of descent through Peter and William originated

in South Asia, and most likely on the Indian subcontinent.


Nonetheless, every ARTERBURN descendant today can legitimately claim

ancestry in one or more of these other groups of European origin, because

most of us are a mix of most of them.  We need only look at the surnames 

in The Arterburn Cousins to see that intermarriage with spouses whose

ancestors are either known to have been or appear to have been Scots-Irish,

German, Scottish, or English has occurred in every generation since Peter

and William.  We are a composite genetically of all of our ancestors, not

just those of our male line of descent representing the ARTERBURN surname. 


Thus, as ARTERBURNS most of us have Scots-Irish, Scottish, German, and

English as well as South Asian— and very likely Native American— ancestors. 

Whether we choose to identify more with one or to embrace all,  we are  

ultimately American, as is our surname.      At its best, our country has 

succeeded in merging many different cultures into one American culture,

unique in aspiration and achievement.  Let us celebrate this and recommit

to the work of American progress, even as we seek to understand the Old

World cultures of their time that our ancestors left behind in their embrace

of this New World of America. 


We welcome your questions or commentsplease click on the name of any

administrator listed above for an email contact address.



                                     “And you shall know the truth, and the truth

                                                   shall make you free.”