Barry's Relatively Speaking: Lines To Granny

Posted on Aug 27, 2012

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

Where did you come from, Granny dear?

How did you get from there to here?

Tell me, what was your maiden name?

Has it always been spelled the


Where was your birthplace, county and state?

When were you born? Please give me the date.

(No, no, Granny, never you fear!

I'll put your birthday but not the year.

We'll leave that blank on the family tree;

I promise your secret won't go beyond me!)

Who was your father? Do you have proof?
What other children lived under his roof?

And what of your mother? Who was she?

What do you know of her pedigree?

When were they married? Can it be proved

That they were not cousins once removed?

I have a few questions to ask you still:

Did your father own land? Did he leave a will?

Your vital records, where are they?

What do original sources say?

We must have documents, one or two,

To prove, dear Granny, that you are you!

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