Barry's Relatively Speaking: Family Jeannie-ology

Posted on Jul 01, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on N. Price shares the following experience.

Our teen-aged son, James, had been worrying quite a bit about his lack of growth. As he had been introduced to genetics during his Biology class, we decided to strengthen our arguments against his worrying by adding the weight of genealogy. We pointed out the heights of his various immediate male ancestors and assured him that he was more than likely to attain at least the average of these. This calmed his fears until the day we received his great-great-grandfather's Civil War pension records wherein said ancestor's height was given as 5'4". Our well-laid arguments suddenly backfired on us and he is now convinced he will be a "throwback."

Our two daughters, Jeanne (age 13) and Judy (almost 4), have always exhibited some signs of the expected sibling rivalry. I didn't realize how strong it was, though, until Judy marched up one Sunday afternoon and demanded a piece of paper and a pencil. Our whole family burst into gales of laughter when she explained why she needed them. "You are always doing ' Jeannie-ology'. I want to do my 'Judy-ology' ".

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