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Vignettes of my ancestors who made me who I am.

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Comment from Brett Matthew West
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Isn't that one of the problems with tracing geneaology? Holes that can not be accurately filled.

That is a strange habit the Mormons do, thinking they can just enter anyone they want into a computer and be the one who saves them. How can they be sure that person was not already saved how that incident is supposed to happen?

Sure do not want them interfering in my family tree.

"sons or daughter" should be sons or daughters.

That is another problem of traipsing into geneaology, secrets some families may not want known become uncovered. Wonder how many families have been torn apart because of this?

Anyway, an interesting read.

I do not necessarily oppose geneaology. For myself, and my history, I simply do not want to know, or care.

 Comment Written 11-Oct-2022


reply by the author on 12-Oct-2022
    Thank you, Brett. You went back a long way and read a long story without getting anythiing for doing so. I really appreciate it. There are some people who fade away without anyone acknowledging they ever existed. I find that sad. I don't see how your dead ancestors could be harmed in anyway by the Mormons, or anyone else. There beliefs are even more bizzarre than I mentioned. I understand they believe by being baptized while naming the individual they no nothing about, they will be able to claim that person as a member of their kingdom in a future world which they well rule over. I wouldn't worry of that really happening.
    As to family secrets, they are so far in the past that most people only find the stories interesting and are proud of being related ot Jesse James and Ted Bundy.

    I don't know if it is true or not but many people believe that if those people in our past had not come together at the right moment we would never have existed and the miracle of any of us ever being born is so remote chances of it happening stretch back into infinity.
    That makes all of us extremely unique.
    Beth
Comment from Bill Schott
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This piece of the geniality story says a lot about institutional record keeping and how it serves people now. The idea that Native Americans are not more a part of this DNA trail might be that it likely would not lead out further than the general area.

 Comment Written 23-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 23-Jul-2022
    Thank you for the review and comments. Earlier tribes might not have had good written records which makes it harder to trace. Hopefully records are considered more important now. Some who married Native Americans changed their name to sound more English which confuses things.
Comment from Wendy G
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This was a most interesting account of tracing your ancestry, and of your discoveries. Yes, perhaps some things are best left unearthed as you say. Best wishes for your entry.
Wendy

 Comment Written 23-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 23-Jul-2022
    Thank you much Wendy. I'm glad you found this interesting.
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Comment from GARY MACLEAN
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I never knew either maternal or paternal grandparents. I was too far down on the list of my mother's children to be around when they were still alive. So, I know what that can be like, not having anyone to turn to for actual historical facts about your family.

I don't even know what to imagine when you say "hung by their tails" so I won't even try. It sounds vicious though.

Just a couple of suggestions:

This entire article could benefit by not using bold face and by using a larger font.

Para 3, 3rd sentence: Remove comma after (then)
Para 6, 2nd sentence: (The) should be (This)
Para 6, 2nd sentence: Add (the) between (of) and (information)
Para 6, 2nd sentence: CONSIDER removing comma after (correct)
Para 8, 3rd sentence: Change (It) to (In)
Para 8, 3rd sentence: Add comma after (addition)
Para 10, 3rd sentence: CONSIDER removing the comma after (generation)

Ah ha, we all have those elephants in the closet. Yes, best not to tell the cousin's story.

I have always wanted to trace my roots but am always stymied when I come to my paternal grandparents. My grandmother was a full blooded Native American, Chikuwa I believe. But those records just stop right there. My grandfather reported her as white on census records because he didn't want to deal with the prejudice that would follow if he reported he had married an Indian squaw. Maybe one of these days.

Very interesting tale.

 Comment Written 22-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you Gary, I appreciate the review, comments and help I always appreciate any help with punctuation or grammar. Let me explain my Aunt's comment. Darwin insisted we all descended from apes. She was around for the Scopes Monkey Trial. when he defended his position. I'm sure she was referring to our ancestor coming from monkeys that swing by their tails. A lot of men married Native Americans in those days. Most people I know are proud of their that heritage. I hope I have a little. I know some tribes kept good records. If you know just a few names and dates, you would be amazed how much is on the internet. Now I will go about seeing if I can make the corrections you suggest. "
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Comment from Katherine M. Kean
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You express very clearly in this short assay several of the reasons why genealogy is such a popular hobby. For example, who could resist the possibility of discovering that they have Rolyalty as their direct ascendents? Most interesting. Kate xx

 Comment Written 22-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you Katherine. I really appreciate the review and comments on my story. I'm having a lot of fun with genealogy. It is a bit of an addictive hobby.


Comment from lyenochka
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Enjoyed reading your post about your adventures "digging for family roots!" I'm so glad you gleaned so much information from your grandparents. I loved your humor about all those royalty spawning off descendants and getting their heads chopped off. And yes, it seems only a very elite few with the right connections get to be president. I agree that some ancestral connections may be best left unknown. Best wishes in the contest!
Suggestion:
As long as I can remember I was interested in learning about what my kin who lived before me and what they were like (could simplify the number of clauses by: As long as I can remember I was interested in learning about what my kin who lived before me were like. Or: As long as I can remember I was interested in learning what my ancestors were like)

 Comment Written 22-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you for an excellent review. Your are right. That first sentence was awkward. I'm glad you pointed it our. I've corrected it.
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reply by lyenochka on 22-Jul-2022
    You got my vote! 💖
reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Much appreciated.
Comment from Gypsy Blue Rose
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Excellent entry for the An Ancestor Story contest.
I appreciate how detailed and knowledgeable is your story. You put in a lot of research. I tried ancestry.com and 23andme.com. most of my immediate family did too. Unfortunately, most of my ancestors live and died in Spain. My father didn't tell us about the family and my mother died when I was ten. I have done the best I could with our fa.ily tree. It's a lovely present for our new generations.

I enjoyed reading your story. It moved along nicely and the plot was easy to understand and follow. Good character development.

Well done, my friend.

Gypsy Blue Rose
"The poet waits quietly to paint the unsaid." Atticus

 Comment Written 22-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you Gypsy B Rose, I really glad you liked my story. I enjoyb doing research. I think future generations will appreciate all information we can add to a tree.
Comment from Alcreator Litt Dear
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Your autobiographical writing telling about your living in a large family with grandparents and aunt and many others, you have experienced how to live by looking into the trees of your family roots, as if you were born to help live you in the family, even if they were all not own parental family side; well said, well done, post god speed more, share post not 4 self-joy-pride but 4 God and readers worldwide Alcreator Litt Dear (DR)

 Comment Written 22-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you so much for the review on my story. I am enjoying exploring the available information on my family.
Comment from Carol Hillebrenner
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This is a well-written story about your ancestry with quite a bit of info about different generations. You are right to give credit to the LDS registry of families as it is very extensive. Best of luck in the ancestry contest.

 Comment Written 21-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 22-Jul-2022
    Thank you Carol. I appreciate the review and the comments and good wishes.
Comment from TDLRasmar
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That was a delightful piece. I enjoyed it and I feel motivated now to check out my ancestry. I have always wanted to. I know on my father's side we go back to the US Civil War, and on my mother's side back to pre-WWI in Europe.

Anyway, you wrote clearly and concisely. For me it was a motivating piece.

 Comment Written 21-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 21-Jul-2022
    Thank you so much. I'm glad you see it as a motivator. It is a good hobby that is always producing surprises. You have a good start by knowing something about your mother and fathers sided. Starting a tree on the computer is the best way to go because it is easier to make corrections that having it on paper.