When I was off work for a month I decided to go in and update my ancestry.com family tree.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, I was familiar with a lot of the names because my Mom and Dad’s family love to tell stories about their relatives- the weirder they were, the better. But the names I am familiar with in my Dad’s family go back to the 1800’s so that should tell you about how much we love to revisit our long gone relatives if they were s odd, or strange or even a little macabre.
Anyway, when you log in there’s a blurb about l trees and leaves and connections- that’s a big selling point and it’s a good one.
But if you strip away the glossy bit about ‘making connections and you get down into the weeds you realize the people you are ‘connecting with’ are all dead and have been dead for a long time.
I have a Ouija board so at one point I wondered if I should use the two things together. LOL just kidding. Sort of.
I’ve posted the picture below for one of my Great Uncles who lived and died in England. He also lived briefly in Australia. His name was Bertram Douglas Godfrey-
My Dad carried the name Bertram- so he was Bertram Godfrey and my brother is named Douglas Godfrey so it is kind of funny and strange to see a grave with their names on it and to realize that person is a blood relative of ours.
So I was saying, it is kind of odd to feel a connection to relatives that have passed on and it’s easy to have a lot of romantic notions about who they were and what they were like especially when you’re family passes down names and when you run across pictures where the family resemblances are strong.
I wonder what my story will sound like, I wonder what my future relative will look like and will they be tempted to bust out a Ouija board and find out who this person Anita Marie was?
Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Connection
2 thoughts on “Branches and Leaves”
I imagine it would be great thrill to search your ancestry and find someone famous. Does that motivate to look more into Ancestry.com?
My Great Grandfather was a Magician and knew Harry Houdini- beyond that I’m motivated to keep looking when I find records that show where they traveled to, where they lived and worked. Simple things but tangible things.