Day One -MyFamily Blog
Yahoo! — No, not the browser; just an exclamation of excitement for a new addition for MyFamily.
Now, I can ‘chat’ to folks who view my “MyFamily” site(s) — and hopefully hear back from them.
No, this is not my first blog — have others;but this one will allow me to share bits of family research in a location where more people can view and “review” it.
Genealogy is an interesting quest — ongoing, and sometime elusive trying to solve age-old family mysteries…where did your ancestors come from?
That’s the first question; after the first few generations you are able to trace, the questions mount in number, and the pursuit of ‘knowledge’ about family members go through progressions — 1) how far back can our ancestors be traced. 2) What countries did they leave if they migrated to north America? 3) How many children did they have 4) Who were their neighbors 5) Who do I know from elementary/high school that may be distant kin? 6) Are we all distant kin?
November 20, 2009
November 10, 2009
Appealing to one of mankind’s most basic needs, that of belonging to a kinship group related by blood, Genealogy became one of the most popular hobbies and pursuits in the latter part of the 20th Century. Once considered the exclusive domain of lovable but somewhat dotty great aunts, Genealogy emerged as a fun and absorbing hobby cutting across age and gender. For some the hobby became an avocation, for many an obsession. In the mid seventies, Alec Haley’s Pulitzer Price-winning book, Roots , was a best seller and the television series was viewed by 130 million. Suddenly, almost everyone wanted to know more about their “roots” or family background. No longer living in extended families comprising many generations, in the small town their ancestors had lived in for generations, Americans had become rootless. The picture perfect fifties concept of Mom, Dad, three children and a dog had soured in the 1960’s as social unrest became the norm. Something was lacking and people wanted it back. By the late 80’s Genealogy had advanced far beyond anything that had existed before. Electronic Bulletin Boards, an early forerunner of the Internet and Genealogy Newsletters exchanged by regular mail were bringing families together. Often these were families whose last two or three generations hadn’t even known each other. It only remained for the Internet to become available to the majority of Americans for Genealogy to literally explode as far flung relatives became able to exchange documents and pictures instantly. Mailing lists for persons with similar interests were organized. Rootsweb, started as a volunteer effort depending on donations, was later sold to Ancestry.com, one of the earliest success stories. The stage was now set for the exciting new tool of DNA testing to enter the scene.
November 6, 2009
I have thought long and hard about whether I should begin another blog related to my family tree research.
After months of trying to place bits of Native American genealogy data in my other WordPress blogs, I decided the time was right to begin this one. I and many of the people I know who have grown up in the south eastern US have family ‘oral traditions’ which say one or more of our ancestors were Native Americans who “remained behind” despite the massive Indian removal during the 1850’s.(…)
November 5, 2009
WHAT IS THE POSSIBLE INFLUENCE OF OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS ON US TODAY?
One thing that’s important to keep in mind when going back down a family tree is that each generation doubles the number of your ancestors.
What you are dealing here with are exponential numbers.
As you double the number of grandparents with each generation, you quickly see how fast the numbers are getting very large:
For example, when you get to the 64th generation, with my ancestors like Odin Woden or Woutan of Saxony King of Scandinavia born in 215 and Clodomir IV King of the Franks born in 251 you have had 9,230,372,036,854,775,808 grandparents at the various generational levels between each of them and me.
This number spelled out is: 9 quintillion, 223 quadrillion, 372 trillion, 36 billion, 854 million, 775 thousand, 8 hundred and 8.
Just to give you an idea of how big this number is:
If you had 9,23,372,036,854,775,808 grains of rice, it would be enough rice to cover all of India knee deep.
If you had that many pennies, those pennies would fill about 4,800,000 Empire State buildings.
You can see that there would probably be little bloodline influence on what any of us might be like today because of our relationship to any one ancestor that lived that far back in time. It’s difficult to imagine that any talents or faults that existed in one ancestor living far back in time could, so diluted, could influence us in any meaningful way today.
In other words, I don’t think I share many attributes with my distant ancestors Odin Woden or Woutan of Saxony King of Scandinavia born in 215 and Clodomir IV King of the Franks born in 251.
If you go back many generations more than the 64 discussed above, the numbers of our ancestors approach the numbers of stars in the sky or grains of sand on the beach.
Another view of these huge numbers of ancestors, is that some research would probably show the total number of people who ever lived is probably less than a trillion,
If that is so, the answer to this dilemma is that everybody’s tree eventually stops forking at various places (i.e., at some point, cousins married cousins, thus reducing the number of potential grandparents).
I myself am descended from two Cooley siblings
Nevertheless, no matter the exact huge number of our ancestors, a million, a trillion or a quintillion, it’s interesting to explore back through time, discover these ancestors, think about them and learn history through them.
For example, a, to me, very interesting ancestor from my own ancestral searches, is Queen Medb
According to the “Cooley Genealogy”, “One of the earliest references to the name Cooley is spelled Cualnge and appears in the 7th century when the great Celtic epic, “Tain Bo Cualnge, or “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” (County Louth) was first committed to writing. The name Cualnge may, of course, have been a place-name, not a patronymic, but many family names are derived from place names. This great epic is described as the chief and lengthiest romance of the Ulster cycle of literature, and has to do with heroes who Irish annalists and synchronists agree in placing about the beginning of the Christian era. During this primitive Celtic civilization no native coins were in circulation. The land in a pastoral country belonged to the tribe. A man’s property consisted of cattle and cattle-raids were frequent. Hence the greatest Irish epic is of a cattle-raid, the object being for Queen Medb to gain possession of an extraordinary animal known as the Brown Bull of Cualnge.”