Barry's Relatively Speaking: Pilgrims Become Real

Posted on Nov 09, 2012

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

My sister's twins have heard a great deal of family history in their eight years, but we weren't sure if they were paying much attention to what was

being said. My sister was rather surprised, therefore, when just before Thanksgiving they burst into the house wanting to know the name of "our Mayflower baby!" When told that it was Peregrine White, they looked a bit preplexed. Finally one of them asked, "Is that the same as 'P' White?" When assured that it was, they were delighted. It seems their teacher had read a story about the Pilgrims to the class and had mentioned the two babies who were born aboard the Mayflower using only an initial for the White baby.

That evening my sister made a long chart listing each of the thirteen generations between Kenny and Kendra and Peregrine White to be used for show-and-tell the next morning.

The other children were quite impressed and I have a feeling that the Pilgrims became much more real to many of them. Also, I doubt that any veteran genealogist could have been more thrilled at a discovery than were these two children who were able to identity 'P* White for their classmates and teachers.

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