After many years of research (still in progress) Art Rathburn is beginning to write a historical novel (or series of novels) about the history of America through the eyes of one family. Originally this was to be a fictitious family that came to America early in her history and over the next three hundred years slowly drifted west until it settled in Oregon or California. During the research for this project Art Rathburn discovered that his family was such a family. Their true history nearly paralleled the outline originally envisioned. With this knowledge in hand Art and his wife Ursula have meticulously collected all the data they could find, in writings and in situ of each generation of his family as they settled in America and as subsequent generations slowly migrated west. We will report his progress here.