Introduction - My Family Tree

  • Starting around 1904, disaster struck. My family fell prey to a deadly new blight .

  • The blight possibly arrived when Oriental chestnut trees were imported to New York City.

  • A cartoon of the blight virus.The microscopic blight quickly spread through our forests.
  • Every American chestnut tree in its path became infected and died.
  • By 1950, we had nearly disappeared from all eastern United States forests.