Thursday, July 21, 2016

Genealogy Blog Pool Party: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is…

A Rose is a Rose and its name is probably either John or Solomon

This month’s theme for Elizabeth O'Neal's Genealogy Blog Party is:
 Annoying Ancestor? Push 'Em in the Pool!   Well roses need water so here they go.

Researching my children’s paternal ancestors began easily enough with their grandmother, Mary Irene Rose; but it soon got complicated.

Mary Irene Rose (b1910) was the daughter of
John Rose (b1873) who was the son of
John Rose (b1842) who was the son of
John Rose (b1811) who was the son of
Solomon Rose (b1780) who was the son of
Solomon Rose (b1760) who was the son of
Solomon Rose (b 1731) who was probably the son of
Solomon Rose (Ross?)

At one time, there were 3 generations of Solomon Roses living in Pepperellborough (now Saco), Maine. And their wives were either Sarah, or Sarah called Sally, or Abigail perhaps misspelled as Abigil, or Mary known as Polly.  And, of course, the female names were also passed from one generation to the next.

Confusing?  Frustrating?  Annoying? all of the above.

At this point, I think I have them mostly figured out.  Maybe.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Unpleasant Truths

Do you have any family scandals?  Are they minor or major scandals?

The answer to that second question may depend on time. One hundred years ago, an illegitimate birth might have been considered a major scandal. That’s not the case in today’s world.

In the early 1960’s when a cousin and I wanted to start a family history project we were shut down by our aunts. It wasn’t until 30 years later when I resurrected the idea that I understood our aunts’ fears.  There were rumors of an illegitimate birth, a drunkard or two, and someone who may have been in jail a time or two. Earlier generations were deeply shamed by relatives who did not live up to expected standards. By the time I began seriously exploring my genealogy, the generation before mine had all passed and would not be affected by revelations of misconduct or poor decisions of the past. Later generations are not as sensitive to relatively minor missteps. It’s pretty easy to discount negative things that don’t affect us directly.

A blog post I read today at A Family Tapestry made me think about the families with truly major scandals. Every murderer has a family – parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and perhaps brothers and sisters. How do future generations deal with this part of their family history? Even if one’s life is not directly affected by an ancestor’s crimes, revelation of those events will certainly have some effect.

I don’t have a conclusion to this post. I am still pondering the subject.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

1,000 Years of Border Changes

Every time I watch this short video, I have to pause it several times to study the nations that come and go over time. One thousand years of wars, royal marriages, and treaties made and broken.

Watch 1000 Years of European Borders Change In 3 Minutes