Yeah well… My Family was…

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

There are any number of people (I’m one) who talk about what their ancestors did and who their ancestors were.  I can’t remember the quote I read about someone bragging about their ancestors is like a turnip; the best part of them is underground.

I’m also one of those who wonder if the tall tales of ancestors are the truth or not.
Can someone prove that his or her ancestor was tossing tea into the Boston Harbor? Was someone’s Great-Great-great-Great Uncle was supposed to go to Little Big Horn with Yellow Hair, but they were ill and the fort Doctor said no to them going?

How can one go about proving their boasts on generations past?  Simple, you do your family tree, or have it done.  Shiloh and I are doing this, and see the opportunity for a lot of writing, both journalistic and creative.

I have been doing mine for about 6 months now and have followed one branch of eight Great-Grandparents all the way back to the 7th century.  I doubt I’ll see any more go back that far but you never know.

Shiloh has been working on hers for a couple weeks so she’s still in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  We both hope to find ancestors in common.

I hope to prove that there is Native American in my family tree.  Shiloh wants to know more about her Danish ancestors.

We both want to do a series of posts about where our ancestors were during a specific historical event.  Par example, both of our families were already here in the U. S. for the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression.

Since this is a joint project, you’ll be able to access all the posts we make on each of our personal blogs.  We’ll provide an archive and links to the posts so you’ll be able to track our progress.

Here is where you will be able to access everything from Shiloh’s Blog:

5 responses

  1. You got me beat — my aunt did ours back to William the Conqueror. (We were on the losing side).

    I had a direct ancestor who fought in the Revolution (this time on the winning side).

    Other than that, we are pretty obscure.

    Isn’t it kinda fun though?


  2. Unfortunately, my Dad passed away when I was still a kid and my Mon refused to discuss family so I really don’t have a starting point for such a search.


  3. what a wonderful image you found to illustrate this post. My dad has been doing a lot of research into our family but I have to admit I haven’t taken too much interest in it so far. Maybe I’ll do some investigation now ….

  4. Lots of work, but looks like lots of fun too, enjoy it all!

  5. Fascinating to trace stories back, but for many the trail of paper stops and the people cannot be found to follow that trail and so it is that there are legends and clues. Fascinating journey!

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