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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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  1. Wow. I am first to play. Yippeee.
    Have not done FF in 4-E-vah, but was inspired on this one.
    A Purplish Friday Five
    Sorry, I have not participated lately. More to come on what is going on here.

  2. My genealogy lesson is shorter than most weeks, I hope...and where I'm hoping I got the names right...

  3. Fascinating stuff from Sophia too.
    The window is lovely

  4. I played Here with photos and poetry...sort of.

  5. I played today - at first reluctant and a little angry but in the end it was fun.

  6. I gave you some leaves from my tree.

  7. I'm not so into all the family tree stuff. However, my mother is so into genealogy that she has a bumper sticker that reads "My hobby is collecting ancestors." She is a member of DAR through *two* different people. And can establish residency in the colonies for someone in 1730 (or maybe even earlier). My family tree has a motley crew of Europeans sprinkled with at least 3 Native Americans. All that being the case, I'm pretty sure that if I posted the names, I'd undo my anonymity.

  8. I guess I should also say there are both horse thieves and preachers in my family tree. And, my family is one of those who had members fight on both sides of the revolutionary war and both sides of the civil war.

  9. I'm making a re-entry with RevGalBlogPals. I stopped by a couple years ago for a brief time, and have been away. It's good to see that it's as strong as ever. So, now it's time to play.

    I played here

  10. Yes, I know it's Wednesday. I played today, later than usual!!
    at signs-along-the-way.


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