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:


6 Responses to “Yeah, Well… My family was…”

  1. Good luck to you. LOL They’ll be no deep diggin’ fer me on sweet or rotted roots as I’m the black sheep and I was only allowed the barest details of my own immediate family. I am delighted enough with what I have. But I always am interested in what others dig up! It’s a fun past time.

  2. I shall follow your tree with interest for my family does have the very connections of which you speak and, as Loyalist Canadians whose first non-American child was born in 1789 can prove it–trouble was they were ashamed of the “other side”!! Fun it is.. Fran

  3. I too shall follow with interest. I started exploring my roots some years ago but gave up – didn’t have nearly enough info to get started.

  4. 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.


  5. This sounds interesting. I’ve been adding some details to our family tree recently. Did they have records back in 7th Century? I suppose they would be records in the parish church. It would be good to go back that far. My Dad reckoned we had an ancestor who helped burn down Nottingham Castle, but he liked to make life more interesting, so while we believed him when we were kids, we thought it might be fairy tales when we were older 🙂

  6. I have tracced one branch back to the 8th century, and there are very few records remaining from that era. The only records that I have seen are from the highest strata of society.

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