Finding out some cool stuff..
I don’t know about you, but my family loves genealogy stuff. Mom’s into it, my uncle is swimming in it, as well as my mother-in-law who has more photos of her ancestors than should be humanly aloud.
I dig all this history. I love finding out who was best buds with King Louis what’s-his-name of France, but who was forced to leave the country quickly with a price on his head. And then there is that tiny little forgotten fact that my husband’s clan were a bunch of mercenaries hired by the king of England to help wipe out the Irish and who still have a town named after them in Ireland. We also have that distant relative who supposedly murdered a man, shot him in a bar room brawl while being an officer of the law—he’s not mention much at the reunions. I mean there is some wild stuff happening in the past.
And let’s not forget the slave uprising and revolt that happened on some great,great, great, great (do I have enough ‘greats’ in there?) uncles plantation that killed several people and had others hanged… Or the one who had a gambling problem and lost the family estate in a poker game…. Or the Bayou that bears your father’s kinsmen name and the fact that they helped to revolutionize the sugar cane processing business and had ties to pirates. COOL!
I won’t mention the political side of things. We had lots of politicians and lots of back room dealings, I’m sure. Both sides of our family are littered with scoundrels, inventors, lovers, professors, doctors, murders, civil servants, explorers, pirates, pioneers, black sheep, priest, Cuban revolutionaries, flying aces, chefs, blue blood aristocrats, and your general run of the mill average Joe.
But the one fact I found to be the most interesting, was discovered while I was doing my own little back ground digging on my family. I found out that way back in the late 1800’s, my family was sued by my husband’s family over a plot of land. I had to laugh. Seems even back then, our two familys didn’t get along. Some things never change. BTW, I never did find out who won that case…