Every family has stories about its ancestors.
“We’re descendents of Abe Lincoln.”
“My great-great-great- grandfather, a colonel in the cavalry, married Sitting Bull’s daughter.”
“Trump is a cousin. Oh yeah. I’m an heir.”
What’s your story? Did your ancestors sail over on the Mayflower? Or did they greet the pilgrims at the shoreline?
Now, can you prove it?
Next month The Tri City Genealogical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary. To celebrate and raise awareness about the value of genealogy, Family Historian and Genealogist Margie Stein Beldin has offered to help me find out where my ancestors came from, what they did once they got here and where and how I fit into my clan’s story—what makes me, me.
“We are a compilation of all our ancestors, all of their experiences,” Margie says.
I’ve handed over to Margie the pedigree chart ( you can download one for yourself free at rootsmagic.com) that includes my mom and dad’s dates and places of birth, their parents’ dates and birth places, and their parents’ places and dates of birth.
Now I wait and see what Margie comes up with by combing through old census reports, land and church records, newspapers, National Archives, anything out there that is documented. “Without proof, there is no truth,” Margie says.
Am I really German, Irish, Swiss? Part American Indian?
My grandmother once told me her uncle—or maybe it was a great uncle—was Jesse James’ cook. Really, Grandma? That’s our claim to history? We dished up beans to a gang of murdering thieves?
My mom says her dad, an architect, hung out with Frank Lloyd Wright, who came over for dinner when he visited the family in Los Angeles (Better, though it doesn’t improve my genetic status any).
Margie is going to find out, or at least try to find out, the truth .
I’ve already discovered my dad had two versions of his birth certificate, each tells a different story.
This could be good.
How about you? Have you shaken your family tree? Anything fall from the branches that surprised you?
As I start this journey, I’d like to hear what you found out when you traced your roots?
Join the comments below, and I’ll let you know when Margie gets back to me.