Barry's Relatively Speaking: All In The Family

Posted on Sep 13, 2012

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

Much to my amazement, I uncovered a very interesting story. As I was unearthing grandparents of the 1700 vintage, I perceived myself to be a triple duplicate of the very same progenitors. My genes must be so concentrated

that I am a self-contained clone.

I had the names of my immigrant, German, ancestors, and their son, who was my direct lineage contact, written neatly on my family chart. Little did I know that soon, I would be inscribing their names not once, but three times over. Other genealogists must think I am a wee bit confused when they read my ciphers because I repeat my names. However, it is all well documentated. Three of my granny's children were "mine." One was the male branch, and the other two were daughters that married other grandpas on my tree.

How did I ever get myself into such dire circumstances? My kin were of a faith that believed that you should marry within the church, and the surnames were of a limited few, all intertwined.

Before, I could get over the shock of this catastrophe, you guessed it—-I found a similar happening on other limbs.

Keeping it "All In The Family", I guess you could call it.

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