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Monday, February 08, 2010

Stuck in the Past

I just spent a two hour session with my mom on the phone working our way through our family tree on ancestry.com. We're HUGE into geneaology. I love researching things and solving puzzles. Some interesting facts:

-Currently, our farthest relation was born in 1250. Norman familiy. Hubby came home and when I told him this, he asked if anyone if the family was in the Crusades. Who knows...

-The above line goes back 17 generations (I counted). I'm the 18th.

-I am related to Captain William Bligh, of the Bounty fame. It's a big family so lots of people can also claim this. I'm his 5th great-grandaughter. However, the current puzzle is figuring out what his great-grandaughter's name is as she's our link. Interesting challenge.

-There is more Scottish blood on my Dad's side than there are clans in Scotland. Well, not really, but each line seems to end up being Scottish.

-My mom's side is really interesting. Her maternal side are German-Russians from a place called Bessarabia- an area between Romania and the Ukraine now called Moldova. Some really fascinating history there. We've been able to go back 10 generations, I think, but we've been finding more hints, so there is more work to be done.

But I think it's time to revert to the present and get myself some sleep. Hoping I can sleep through the night. My body is adjusting to the new medication but we're not quite there yet. More on that tomorrow.

6 comments:

WiseGuy said...

How superbly interesting.....

P.S. I love your new header....are they cherry blossoms?

Kristin said...

I love genealogy. My family hasn't been traced back nearly that far though.

areyoukiddingme said...

I wish I had that kind of information on my family. I did find some records that indicate that one of my great-grandparents came from Ireland via Canada, so I guess I can claim that I'm part Canadian!

Amy said...

Very interesting...can I ask how you found all that info? I was on ancestry a few years back and it seemed everything stopped once I got out of the US. Maybe I just didn't have the right subscription? I'd love to chat with you about how you go about your searches..

Quiet Dreams said...

Fascinating. I don't have family history past a few generations. I am so impressed (and I love the photo in the header, as well).

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

I too have been doing some genealogy and have ancestors that are Germans who settled in Russia and then immigrated to Kansas. I have their picture hanging in my home. Addicting and fun!