By Julianne Adamik
Genealogy humor…a true story!
While visiting my brother and his family recently the topic of conversation turned to genealogy. No surprise since it seems to slip into every conversation I have these days. Yes, I admit it. I’m a genealogy addict.
My brother’s two granddaughters (ages 9 and 7) were intently listening and asking questions as I explained their family tree. I got so excited thinking maybe I’ve found my “genealogy heirs!” I enthusiastically began explaining family linage and DNA and how the cells in their body came from relatives many, many years ago. The blood that curses through them contains elements of the blood from Henrietta SHALLCROSS DEWALT who lived in the 1800’s.
“Just think,” I said, “if Henrietta had decided not to come to America your grandpa wouldn’t exist. And if grandpa didn’t exist, Daddy wouldn’t exist. And, if Daddy didn’t exist that means YOU wouldn’t exist. You are here today because of a decision made by a young girl over 100 years ago!” I was so proud of myself having relayed such important information to young ears.
As we turned to go into the house for dinner I overheard the 7 year old turn to the 9 year old and say, “Geeze, this genealogy stuff REALLY creeps out little kids!”
My bubble burst.