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My Ancesters

Posted by blamethebanjo on Thursday, April 23, 2009

I have done quite a lot of geneology work through the years and with help from several others I have a long list of names. Names.

Once it gets beyond my great grandfathers, names are about all I have. Most of these people who I am directly decended from are a mystery. The stories sometimes can partially unravel with hard detective work. Most of the time though you come up empty handed.

I was fortunate to get to meet my mom's grandparents when I was a kid. I remember my great grandmother making a fuss over my shirt. They had one of those giant radios with little nick nacks on the top of it. My great grandfather was selfish with his words, he hardly made a sound that I remember.

They let me lay on their feather bed and I can tell you they came from a world we will never see again. One that I wish I knew more about. I wish I knew more about the people I came from. I have mentioned this before how it would be so nice if everyone left a journal.

There are many things about me that my own children don't know. Most people have little interest in such things but once in a while someone hears a wisper from long ago that says " Remember Me."

So my friends, I intend to write down some information for the people who aren't here yet. Just in case I wisper in their ear someday.

 



12 comments on “My Ancesters”

fisher Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @6:24:43 PM

blame the banjo

clio Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @6:43:04 PM

Banjo pluckers never whisper!

mainejohn Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @6:48:34 PM

I've kept a journal since I was 11 years old. I'm 65 now. I hope my kids save it for posterity when I'm gone.

twayneking Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @7:10:24 PM

I have massive amounts of verbiage on my blogsite, several books worth and lots of pictures. 

My kids could care less!

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @8:04:03 PM

I'm afraid to shake information out of my family tree for fear of what kind of nuts will fall out.

Graypeddler Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @8:17:10 PM

I have written my life story in a series of short stories on ourecho.com . It is a web site for thoes who want to write and write there history for the familes to go to so they can read about there family history. It's a neat way of journaling.

Graypeddler Says:
Thursday, April 23, 2009 @8:17:11 PM

I have written my life story in a series of short stories on ourecho.com . It is a web site for thoes who want to write and write there history for the familes to go to so they can read about there family history. It's a neat way of journaling.

blamethebanjo Says:
Friday, April 24, 2009 @1:16:37 AM

Great ideas everyone, thanks!!

kcjc69 Says:
Friday, April 24, 2009 @6:23:59 AM

I agree with you Darrell I've been working our family tree for 15 years. It would have been nice if someone years ago kept a journal. Our family has been in this great country since 1630 and I know little about any of them. Sadly my kids could actually care less. I hope the interest picks up with the next generation.

blamethebanjo Says:
Friday, April 24, 2009 @12:46:27 PM

So many times that is the case. My dad had zero interest in this kind of stuff. I am the only one that I am aware of other than a cousin I became aquainted with by mail. Luckily he had a lot of work already done. My kids aren't interested much either.

Banjoist Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @10:43:53 AM

Hey Darrell,

This is a topic that we all seem to have covered in our respective lives...interesting stuff by all of you...logging something about ourselves so that our kids and grandkids can know us...better than our ancestors did for us - no fault of their own!  Part of the reason that I recorded some music was to preserve it for someone in my family that may want to know, someday... its a good thing to try to leave something of you behind...especially once you have thought of it.  I mean, who hasn't yearned to speak again to a lost loved one, or remember more about them, or be able to ask another question, or a question to an unknown passed relative?

When a buddy of mine looked back for me, I had people here as far back as 1643 like kcjc69!  The best part of that was seeing that I named my oldest daughter Sarah, and there had been three other Sarahs in our bloodline, that I didn't even know about when we named her!

My youngest blogged once in her facebook that she wished that she had listened to me, when I said that she should spend more time with her grandparents, because they won't be around forever....we should do what we can now, because someday they might want to know more....great topic, Darrell!

 

blamethebanjo Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @11:45:03 AM

ThanksTom. It is a very wise piece of advice you give your children about spending time with their grandparents.

My dear Mother passed away last night and I cherish every single second I was able to be around her. There is a new voice singing in heaven, I have no doubt about that.

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