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Two things every parent should give their child...

one is ROOTS and the other is WINGS

Prayer For Genealogists

Lord, help me dig into the past,
And sift the sands of time,
That I might find the roots that made
This family tree mine.
Lord, help me trace the ancient roads,
On which my fathers trod,
And led them through so many lands,
To find our present sod.
Lord, help me find an ancient book,
Or dusty manuscript,
That's safely hidden now away,
In some forgotten crypt,
Lord, let it bridge the gap that haunts
My soul, when I can't find
The missing link between some name
That ends the same as mine.

Author Unknown

The Art of Spelling

(The following notice was written in 1865. This may be part of the problem in finding some ancestors.)


I am a cencus takers for the city of Bufflow. Our city has groan very fast in resent years and now in 1865, it has become a hard & time consuming job to count all the peephil. There are not many that con do this werk, as it is nesessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot pursons still do not have. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is god spelling, for meny of the pephill to be counted can hardle speek inglish, let alon spel there names.

Antique Week Nov. 24, 1997

Spell Checker Poem

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plainly marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it

I am shore your pleased two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.

Sauce (or Sores) Unknown

"The Family Tree"

I think that I shall never see, the finish of a family tree,
As it forever seems to grow, from roots that started long ago.
Way back in ancient history times, in foreign lands and distant climes,
From them grew trunk and branching limb, that dated back to times so dim,
One seldom knows exactly when, the parents met and married then;
Nor when the twigs began to grow, with odd named children row on row.
Though verse like this was made by me, the end's in sight as you can see.
'Tis not the same with family trees, that grow and grow through centuries.

Author unknown from : "Gates Researcher"


It was the first day of census, and all through the land;
The pollster was ready ... a black book in hand.
He mounted his horse for a long dusty ride;
His book and some quills were tucked close by his side.
A long winding ride down a road barely there;
Toward the smell of fresh bread wafting, up through the air.
The woman was tired, with lines on her face;
And wisps of brown hair she tucked back into place.
She gave him some water ... as they sat at the table;
And she answered his questions ... the best she was able.
He asked of her children... Yes, she had quite a few;
The oldest was twenty, the youngest not two.
She held up a toddler with cheeks round and red;
his sister, she whispered, was napping in bed.
She noted each person who lived there with pride;
And she felt the faint stirrings of the wee one inside.
He noted the sex, the color, the age...
The marks from the quill soon filled up the page.
At the number of children, she nodded her head;
And saw her lips quiver for the three that were dead.
The places of birth she "never forgot";
Was it Kansas? or Utah? or Oregon ... or not?
They came from Scotland, of that she was clear;
But she wasn't quite sure just how long they'd been here.
They spoke of employment, of schooling and such;
They could read some .and write some .. though really not much.
When the questions were answered, his job there was done;
So he mounted his horse and he rode toward the sun.
We can almost imagine his voice loud and clear;
"May God bless you all for another ten years."
Now picture a time warp ... its' now you and me;
As we search for the people on our family tree.
We squint at the census and scroll down so slow;
As we search for that entry from long, long ago.
Could they only imagine on that long ago day;
That the entries they made would effect us this way?
If they knew, would they wonder at the yearning we feel;
And the searching that makes them so increasingly real.
We can hear if we listen the words they impart;
Through their blood in our veins and their voice in our heart.

Author Unknown

The Life-Cycle of This Genealogist

Genealogy began as an interest, (an eighth grade history assignment)
Became a hobby; (1970's-newlywed years)
Continued as an avocation, (child-rearing years)
Took over as an obsession, (college-age years, beginning of 21st century)
And in its last stages,
Will become an incurable disease.
(during retirement, if I make it that far!)

Urban Legends

Old "Odd" Occupations



"To our cousins outside the United States, who

expressed their opinions about the term "Scotch-Irish" recently: Yes, we

know the difference between Scots and Scotch. However, Scotch-Irish is a

perfectly acceptable genealogical term. It refers to the descendants of

the Presbyterians from Lowland Scotland who settled in Ulster, the

northernmost province of Ireland, in the 17th century and subsequently

emigrated from there to America. It is used by historians and

genealogists alike and the term has been in use in America since the

early 1700s. There are other such peculiar terms that one encounters in

genealogical research. For example, the American "Pennsylvania Dutch"

are not Dutch, they are Germanic, but so named by our British

progenitors, who didn't know their Dutch from Deutsch."


author unknown

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Just How Many Ancestors Do We Have???
GENERATION by GENERATION, here's one way to count: 

1 - 1 - Me
2 - 2 - Parents
3 - 4 - Grandparents
4 - 8 - G Grandparents
5 - 16 - GG Grandparents
6 - 32 - GGG Grandparents
7 - 64 - GGGG Grandparents
8 - 128 - GGGGG Grandparents
9 - 256 - GGGGGG Grandparents
10 - 512 - GGGGGGG Grandparents
11 - 1,024 - GGGGGGGG Grandparents
12 - 2,048 - GGGGGGGGG Grandparents
13 - 4,096 - GGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
14 - 8,192 - GGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
15 - 16,184 - GGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
16 - 32,768 - GGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
17 - 65,536 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
18 - 131,072 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
19 - 262,144 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
20 - 524,288 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
21 - 1,048,576 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents
22 - 2,097,152 - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG Grandparents