Friday, May 14, 2010
Friday Five: Family Trees
I moved across country for a college teaching job last September, and my mother came to visit for the first time last week. We had a fantastic genealogical adventure tracing the family roots of her father's grandfather, who moved away from this state sometime between 1887 and 1891.
We drove a few hours to their county armed with some names and cemeteries, and wondered if we could locate anyone. It turned out there is an awesome local history room in the public library, with a very skilled librarian library, and with her map and a pile of copied records we struck gold! We found, cleared, deciphered and took pictures of old weathered stones marking members of several family branches in four tiny country cemeteries--the one above is my fourth great grandma. Of particular RevGal interest, we spoke with a friendly and helpful pastor at the United Methodist Church (window above) on the site of the Presybterian church my fifth great-grandpa helped found in 1814!
1. Do you have any interest in geneaology?
2. Which countries did your ancestors come from?
3. Who is the farthest back ancestor whose name you know?
4. Any favorite saints or sinners in the group?
5. What would you want your descendants to remember about you?
Bonus: a song, prayer, or poem that speaks of family--blood or chosen--to you.
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Posted by Dr. Laura Marie Grimes at 12:00 AM