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Great Grandad Earl-Bob Gots dropped off the prison ship near Gainsville 'bout 1847 or thereabouts.
Got lucky that my mom's side was into genealogy way, way back. I know her side for more than 5 generations - my dad's side only back about 2 or 3.
How many of you found out interesting secrets when studying your family history? Like Mary really was Jane's daughter, not her sister, or John was born 14 months after his father went off to war, or Frank didn't actually die, he went out for a loaf of bread and never came back.
"Like Mary really was Jane's daughter, not her sister"
LOL, that actually happened in my husband's family. I found an old letter among some old things he had inherited from a relative. Came as a total surprise to the rest of his family, including his parents. Aunt Mary was really cousin Mary.
I have a friend who still doesn't know that I know that Mary is Jane's daughter and not her sister. The really sad thing is that Mary, now in her thirties, still doesn't know that her "father" has no biological relationship to her at all---or maybe she does and she's not saying anything either. And there was a deathbed confession about who Jane's father was. Never did get the whole skivvy on that. (Names changed to protect the guilty.)
The whole family is one mixed-up mess of secrets.
Then there's the grandmother being protected from knowing that one of her grandchildren is gay and finally she blurts out that she's known it all along. I think that happens a lot. Granny ain't so naive---or bigoted for that matter.
I always wondered what happened to Frank. He said to sit tight, he was gonna make me a sammich...
It doesn't surprise me about Jane & Mary.
5 countries, 3 continents, 2 hemispheres, and 3/4 of the way around the world.
I knew a little about two set of triple great grandparents (5 generations back) as well as the maiden name of a triple great grandmother on a third set as well as where they lived, but I didn't know their first names. All this was on my maternal grandmother's side. I hit a road block on her paternal grandfathers branch. I got real lucky last August when one of those triple great grandparents I knew of turned out that one of them goes back to a line in New England not to long after the Mayflower arrived. I think some of us may not be aware just how many people rushed to the Americas in the 1600's. Jamestown and the Mayflower colony were just the beginning of a surge.
My dad's side had been researched quite a bit way before I looked on my own, so I knew about ancestors on the Mayflower, ancestors in the revolutionary war, etc... Some of those lines go back to Europe in the 1500's.
I was shock to find out how many branches really were "old" American lines. I figured I would have many more 19 century immigrants. So far only one branch is that "new".
I will say that it seems to help if your ancestors were from the Northeast. They seemed to keep much better records -- town histories, churches, etc. i don't have any deep south branches, but I do have some lines from Kentucky with some of them first starting from Virginia (maybe North Carolina). I don't know the detailed history of those states, but I just don't seem to find the level of information about families from there like I do those from New England. Upstate New York isn't quite New England, but even those areas have a fair amount of information. There is one part of the KY/VA branch that has been traced to the 1600's Virginia, but all the others just don't seem to have much information (so far that is).
If someone finds this stuff interesting, you might enjoy watching NBC"s "Who do you think you are" on Friday nights 7pm. (PBS also has something on Sundays I believe.) Last night's NBC episode had a celebrity named Paula Deen trace her Georgia roots. All the episodes are pretty good. In this one, she knew she was from the south, but never thought HER family owned slaves. Come to find out one of her triple great grandfather's was a plantation owner with 35 slaves. She was shocked that her family's past was stained with slavery. That particular man lost his son who as a young man fought with the confederates. This man got a pardon after the war and freed all his slaves, but his fortunes went down hill, and he finally committed suicide.
Though the show is about celebrities checking out their past, I think it is interesting that some of them don't know their past any more than the average person. It makes them seem more human.
On my father's side my 18th great grandfather, My mother's my 10th great grandfather - still searching - been a difficult journey. Started 25 years ago - initially doing my research at the National Archives every Saturday. Thank God for computers and Ancestry.com, Mormon Latter Day Saints to name a few search sites.
I suggust if you wish to begin start with the oldest member of your family and have them tell you the stories, memories, whatever pertains to their past relatives to the smallest detail, even sayings - record them or write it down for your future generation. Get dates (important) and places. Then start your search. You'd be surprised what you find out. They have also started taking DNA and matching it to groups and if you are an Ancestry,com member you get first priority. Good Luck
I can go back on my grandfather's side for a while and can trace some of my dad's family for a while. My grandmother's family is a little harder, but I am working on it. Yes, ancestry is great, but beware of name misspellings as they interpret the census data and of people changing dates to hide from others. That is very interesting.
I have been able to trace my family history to around 4,000 years ago. Some dude named Adam and his squeeze was Eve. But before that, i ran into a brick wall. Something about coming from dirt.
Recently found out that one of my great, great, great....great grandfather's served with Wellington at Waterloo..thought that was pretty cool.
My brother researched our family tree a few years back, very enlightening. Saw we had some Italian ancestor back in the 1700's. That explains the back hair.
After consulting with The Creation Museum in Olde Kentuky, I traced back to about 4,000 years ago when grandpappy walked with the dinosaurs. Who ever mentioned evolution is bat guano crazy! Another good source is Phill Klein at Liberty U. in Virginny, and even the C-Street crowd in D.C. with Smilin Sam as the Kansas representative.
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