Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Learning to Love those Scallywags In Your Family Tree

Everybody has them - scallywags, low-lifes, rascals, scamps and all-things embarrassing - in your family tree.  Actually, some are downright horrible, but some can be loveable.  Do you have any of these?

I love telling about one of our famous ancestors on my Dad's side who was executed by the U.S. Government, until you learn how much his children suffered just because they shared his last name.  In fact, my Dad -- two generations later, and who did not share his surname -- was told in his youth:  "You've got that 'Bad Lee Blood' in ya."

Another not-so-favorite family story is learning the true reason why one great aunt divorced her husband -- seems she contracted a sexually-transmitted disease from her unfaithful husband.  And, learning through a simple Google search that one ancestor did not tragically drown on Christmas day in 1852, but was really involved in theft of cargo from a ship who later died not from a shark-bite, not drowning (his half-eaten body was found on the shores of Australia).  I have cousins to this day who still want to believe the "drowning on Christmas day" story - it sounds so much better, doesn't it?

However, I feel for those who have these scallywags and rascals in their family line who continue to cause real harm to this day.  That's why I am looking forward to attending this Friday night's dinner and address at the Arizona Family History Expo with renowned author and lecturer, M. Bridget Cook.  She will be speaking on "Handling and Healing the Skeletons in Your Genealogical Closet:  Lessons from an expert in utilizing human tragedy to create family triumph!"  If you have never heard Bridget speak before, here is a little snippet of her speaking recently:

Tickets are still available for this event.  Here's where you register:  Click Here.  The party starts at 6:30, and we hope you can join us!

Don't forget - I will be attending the Arizona Family History Expo as a Blogger of Honor, and will also be speaking on Saturday afternoon on Google Tips & Tricks to Find Those Genealogy Treasures.  Please stop by and say hi if you are attending!



  1. Thank you for sharing the news about our Friday night event. You're going to love it!

  2. Excellent! I love the scallywags, but you are right some just want to be proper. Guess I fell in love with them all.



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