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  • What's Your Most Interesting Genealogical Story or Find?

    Have you ever had an intriguing or history-related genealogical discovery, met someone and discovered you were related, or learned that a longtime acquaintance was actually kin?

  • #2
    I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name. He came to Boston in 1634! There's a web-site with over 500,000 of us in it, so I can find my 13th cousin!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Marlow
      I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name. He came to Boston in 1634! There's a web-site with over 500,000 of us in it, so I can find my 13th cousin!!
      One guy, eh? Is this the beginning of the [Wilt] Chamberlain line?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kuha
        Originally posted by Marlow
        I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name. He came to Boston in 1634! There's a web-site with over 500,000 of us in it, so I can find my 13th cousin!!
        One guy, eh? Is this the beginning of the [Wilt] Chamberlain line?
        20,000 conquests to 20,000 (OK, more than 30,000) posts...An illustration of devolution at its finest.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Marlow
          So I can find my 13th cousin!!
          I have found one of them! Do you want him back?

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          • #6
            flump and i just had a facebook message from our younger brother we didn't know existed !!!
            i deserve extra credit

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Marlow
              I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name.
              That seems highly improbable, doesn't it?

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              • #8
                My wife and I went to Ireland last summer, in part to retrace my roots for fun. I knew that my family, the Cusacks, emigrated to Canada in the early 1800s from a small little town in County Tipperary. So, we scheduled an overnight stay in the town in an effort to "find" family (or rather, gravestones of my great-great-great-etc.. grandparents). I was armed with a print-out of a family history that my mother had researched years ago, but otherwise had nothing to go on.

                When we arrived, the first thing we came across was a pub called "Cusack's," so we went in for a pint and dinner. I asked the bartender if the owner's last name was Cusack -- yes it was, but he wasn't in. He arrived about 30 minutes later.

                I walked over to the bar and explained who I was and why I was there, showing him my family history print-out. He read it with extreme interest, then reached for his wallet and pulled out his own family history! We compared notes, and chatted for the next little bit. He then asked us if we were busy (we said no), and proceeded to take us on a 2-hr walking tour of the town.

                The next day, he drove us to the nearest big village (Waterford) where his brother owned a hotel. We had a wonderful lunch with them, then got another driving tour of the area around the village where we were shown his childhood farm and church.

                It was the best reunion of family I never knew I had!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tandfman
                  Originally posted by Marlow
                  I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name.
                  That seems highly improbable, doesn't it?
                  I did a little calculation. 275 years equals between 18 and 19 generations (if you allow 15 years/generation). 3 surviving children per couple would amount to close to 1.5 mil heads. Since the name follows the male side, half of it is very close to those 800,000 Marlow/Tafnuts.
                  "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                  by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                  • #10
                    Fortunately, all 800,000 of them don't suffer from the same compulsive posting disorder or the whole worldwideweb would have crashed years ago.

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                    • #11
                      So, who else knows little about their family tree? I have no clue on names beyond my grandparents. Hell, I didn't even know my grandfather had 4 sisters until his funeral and they showed up. Blood definitely isn't thicker than water in my family.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pego
                        Originally posted by tandfman
                        Originally posted by Marlow
                        I share a last name with over 800,000 other Americans, and every single one of us is related (and no, we're not all from West Virginia), because only one man has ever immigrated to America with that name.
                        That seems highly improbable, doesn't it?
                        I did a little calculation. 275 years equals between 18 and 19 generations (if you allow 15 years/generation). 3 surviving children per couple would amount to close to 1.5 mil heads. Since the name follows the male side, half of it is very close to those 800,000 Marlow/Tafnuts.
                        Pego, there is no dispute about "too many Tafnuts", but my own genealogical records produce very different numbers than yours.

                        Just following my paternal lineage, first born in North America was over 300 years ago, and there was an average age of the Father of just over 31 years old, only 10 generations, and an average number of siblings born (not all survived) of 8.5 children per Father. Wow, did I ever drag that average down!!! My first 5 forefathers in North America averaged 12 children per ---- yikes...

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                        • #13
                          I'm not sure I can count this as genealogical, but even in small towns you can have relatives you don't know. My poor sister ended up dating some fella who turned out to be her cousin, only she had no idea at the time. My Dad was one of 7 kids and all the rest of his side of the family had huge families.

                          I used to buy stationery every week from a kid in a shop in town who also turned out to be a first cousin!

                          It is a fascinating subject. My brother traced the family tree and we can trace links back (we think) to the 12th century! And we have cousins who are very, very, VERY distantly related to George Washington.

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                          • #14
                            NOBODY in my family reads this forum, so I feel free to unload a bit...

                            About two years ago at a get-together in the mid-sized college town where I was living (and my brother had once gone to school), someone asked me how that older brother was doing. I said he was living on the other side of the country, had finally settled down and gotten married in his late 30s and just had his first child. From across the room someone said "No, that's not his first child..." and the story of an out-of-wedlock daughter given up for adoption nearly 20 years ago came out. No one in my family knew--not even our parents.

                            Just goes to show that in a town of 30,000 people, nothing stays a secret forever.

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                            • #15
                              I dabbled in geneology a few years ago. Amazing, thanks other's research, what you can learn online.
                              Most interesting discovery was that my mothers paternal gggggf was Chief Buie(Bowie) in Carolina in the late 1700s. Buie was Creek/Choctaw. Tribal designation gets a little iffy in that era as the Eastern tribes were displaced by Europeans and stronger tribes displaced weaker tribes westward.
                              Famous frontiersman,Jim Bowie descended from that line but he is generally consided to be Choctaw. My ggggf, a Choctaw, married one of Chief Buie's daughters and the family migrated from Carolina to Alabama to MIssissippi, where my ggf and gf were born. I guess that makes Jim Bowie a veerrrry distant cousin.
                              All these people had large families. Undoubtaby many made the infamous "Trail of Tears" trek but I cannot definitely identify any in my direct line; who apparently lagged behind.

                              My mother's maternal grandfather was a Confederate soldier who came to Texas after the Civil War and married a Comanche woman. The Comanches did not keep as good records as the "Five Civilized Tribes" and little is known of her ancestry except she was somehow related to Quanah Parker. I suspect that virtually all Comanches in North Texas in the late 19th Century were related to Quanah Parker, who was, of course, half Caucasian, being the son of Cynthia Parker, who was kidnapped as a child and raised as Comanche..

                              Bottom line, everybody is remotely related to everybody. We just don't know it.

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