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Old 08-05-2006, 03:55 AM   #1
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Any of you do Genealogy (family trees)?

I have been overtaken by the beast of my family tree.
Anyone else tackled this monster? Your tree that is.

I am totally like a crack head for figuring out my ggggreat grand father and assorted cousins.

So much so that after 6 years, I have started my first post on Lemonade Stand. Yes, I decided that I love you. Don't tell anyone, though.


Anywhoo....

Does anyone have any cool links, stories or information about their ancestors?

All I can dig up leads back to the same 3 sites.
RootsWeb
Ancestry (they are almost a monopoly)
Family Search (the mormon site)

anyone related to anyone interesting?

I am a descendant of Henry Hudson, the explorer, which I thought was mega-cool until I found how many thousand there were of us.
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Good luck on figuring out your Genealogy!

I'm actually related to Elias Howe, the inventor of the electric sowing machine. So I guess that is someone interesting.
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Old 08-05-2006, 04:14 AM   #3
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Good luck on figuring out your Genealogy!

I'm actually related to Elias Howe, the inventor of the electric sowing machine. So I guess that is someone interesting.
Well that's cool for sure.

I am actually hoping someone has a website with a secret vault of goodies that hasn't been bought up by ancestry.com. Bastards.

Really though, it's the most fascinating thing I've been doing in years.
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Old 08-05-2006, 04:28 AM   #4
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My Aunt did one so I'll see if I can up with something for you. She seemed to enjoy it so it seems well worth it. You're a bravier soul than most!
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Old 08-05-2006, 05:16 AM   #5
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I'm related to Abraham Lincoln through marriage...someone in my family did our family tree years ago....I've got it somehwere, it's pretty cool to see
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I like genealogy, it's really interesting .

I don't know if I'm related to anyone well known or famous. All I know is one of my nana's (mum's mum) ancestors had 6/7 kids all by different fathers .
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I'm related to Barbra Bush

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I'm related to Anne Boleyn (King Henry VIII's second wife, mother of Queen Elizabeth I).

As far as sources go you've pretty much named the major players in Genealogy Research. You can also write to distant relatives and obtain more information through them.
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Nope can't say I dooo.
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I know that i'm distantly related to the actor (can't remember his name) that played Tarzan in the original Tarzan movies, and also Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac.
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My mom and I do. She has her side back to the 1600s. I know she uses Rootsweb and also when the Ellis Island records finally came online, she's been using that religiously (all of our ancestry is from around Groningen in the Netherlands). She also joined e-mail listservs for genealogy in the Netherlands and has made several friends, including a museum and archives curator, who she sends on small missions when she needs info from Europe. We also check with churches and city/county/state records on marriages, births, deaths, etc.
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I have my maternal side traced back to the 12th century. My uncle took a year long sabbatical to do the research in Venice. My grandmother is of the Cornaro line, which was one of Venice's ruling families for about a thousand years.

I've met a lot of interesting people because of it. One of them, I don't want to name, but is an obviously very wealthy American man who owns one of the villas that belonged to our family. He and his wife have been very wonderful to me since I met them. His daughter is a Hollywood writer, so it's been kind of a neat experience to correspond with him.
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I really am interested in my family tree. I have an idea of where everything originates (England, Scotland and Norway on my mother's side / Holland on my father's side.) I just don't know how to go about actually finding out the information. I've searched those websites you provided, U2DMfan, but didn't have much success. All results I found are for American immigrants, not South African.

Are there people or organisations you can contact that will trace your family tree for you? And if so, do you need to provide information about your family members beyond, say, your great grandfathers and your great grandmothers?
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I don't even know my grandparents' names.
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I'm related to Anne Boleyn (King Henry VIII's second wife, mother of Queen Elizabeth I).
Me too. Well, hello cousin
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