One of my Great Grandmothers was born in up-State New York. I traced several of her branches back to mid-17th century Massachusetts. Her 6th GGPa, George Soule came over on the Mayflower. I don't recall the specific names now, but one or two of her direct ancestors were witnesses or accusers during the Salem Witch Trials. Their names are listed on the WikiPedia page for the SWT, so I assume their participation was documented in the history books.A few years ago, one of the CWT moderators ‘Chellers’ (I’m pretty sure that it was Chellers) happened to mentioned that she had an ancestor whom had been found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials, I thought then as I do now that I wish that I had an interesting character like that in my family tree. I expect that if I were to trace my family tree back to the 1600s it would be full of poachers, peasants and tax evaders...which was pretty much how the vast majority of people survived back then.