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Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Little Bit of Family History

Well, Super Bowl 43 is just a memory. I gotta admit I did turn the channel right before half time in order to watch the halftime activities. I did see the big play with Pitttsburgh. And I was chatting on line when someone says it's almost over and Arizona is ahead. So I turned the channel to see Pittsburgh make another touchdown (or whatever they're called) to win the game. I can safely say I did watch the game or at least the most exciting parts.

Other than reading blogs on the internet and playing Twirl on Facebook I didn't do a whole lot today. The weather was yucky and snow is predicted for tonight.

I have been working on my genealogy and family history again. This is a fun and fascinating hobby. I've found out a lot about my family that I did not know and of course some things I didn't want to know. I also found some skeletons that should have been left in the closet. Beause my ancestors lived in the same county since it was inhabited lots of them were easy to trace.

They lived so far back in the hills and there was no transportation outside of walking or horse and wagon so they didn't move around much and they intermarried in betwen families. In one case three brothers and a sister married three sisters and a brother in another family therefore making four sets of double first cousins in that family.

I found one relative who built his house on the state line so half of it was in one state and half was in another. He had a moonshine still and sold moonshine. Whenever the sherriff would come to arrest him for making moonshine he just went to the opposite end of the house so the sherriff had no jurisdiction and couldn't arrest him. The next week it would be the same and he would have to move back to the other end of the house. He never got arrested in either state.

Libraries are a great source for genealogy. They usually have family history departments that answer questions pertaining to family history. Here is a list I thought were entertaining.

I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.

Our 2nd great grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library. He was married 3 times in the endowment house and has 21 children. He and his daughter are listed as not being born.

I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.

Will you send me a list of all the Dripps in your library?

My Grandfather died at the age of 3.

We are sending you 5 children in a separate envelope.

Documentation: Family Bible in possession of Aunt Merle until the tornado hit Topeka, Kansas. Now only the Good Lord knows where it is.

The wife of #22 could not be found. Somebody suggested that she might have been stillborn - what do you think?

I am mailing you my aunt and uncle and 3 of their children.

Enclosed please find my Grandmother. I have worked on her for 30 years without success. Now see what you can do!

I have a hard time finding myself in London. If I were there I was very small and cannot be found.

This family had 7 nephews that I am unable to find. If you know who they are, please add them to the list.

We lost our Grandmother, will you please send us a copy?

Will you please send me the name of my first wife? I have forgotten her name.

A 14-year-old boy wrote: "I do not want you to do my research for me. Will you please send me all of the material on the Welch line, in the US, England and Scotland countries? I will do the research."

And with that I will go back to my "diggin' up bones".

That's it for Today.


Mike Goad said...

Those are hilarious genealogical funnies! I haven't done anything with genealogy in five or more years, but those sure do bring back some memories.

Mike Goad (at home in Arkansas)
Haw Creek Out 'n About

Unknown said...

You should have a look at this brief video of the facilities at Strait Shine in Prince Edward Island, Canada. They have a modern take on legal moonshine. It's worth a look!