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Commenting on a Genealogical Black Sheep Article

Here is yet another comment I’ve historically written to the DNA Explained blog and authoress, Roberta Estes.  It was in response to an article she wrote up about her own “black sheep” ancestor.  Such more notorious people can really make genealogical research exciting (and at times “shocking”)…These “colorful” relations can really lead to a convolutedly branched family tree…depending on the arena of their outrageous endeavors!  Below is the original article to which I replied:

Your rogue ancestor reminds me a bit of my husband’s great grandfather who was living with another woman and having several children with her while apparently still married to his (first?) son’s mother. That woman listed herself as a “widow” to him during his lifetime, perhaps to try to avoid the shame. Besides the infidelity and possible bigamy there were several incidents of apparent criminal behavior by the son and grandson. My research is so disorganized currently that I can’t put my hands on the supporting documentation easily, but the newspapers in the DC area of the time carried some very colorful tales about this group: a shooting (accidental?) by a father of his son (in the groin) and of an uncle of a nephew (in the ear), theft, con-man schemes involving jewelry & call girls, various “alias” names to disguise identity, and incarceration of a minor for unknown crimes but a pardon by the Governor of Maryland….black sheep are so interesting to follow/uproot on the family history tree!

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Commenting on Genealogy Article

Since it’s been a while since I’ve felt the strength and motivation to write here at Special Connections I decided to post comments I’ve made previously on other sites as a way to easily access some of my occasional other writings…
The blog, DNA Explained, is very inspirational to me from a genealogical and scientific perspective.  There have been a number of times when I will spend seemingly “hours” on reviewing the writings there.  Roberta Estes, the authoress, is thoughtful, thorough, and articulate in a detailed manner that is never boring.  She can wade into the minutia of a topic in such a way that the lay person can gain insight into arenas normally off limits without hefty amounts of topic immersion.  She does an amazing job of bringing her own family history alive and making “genetic genealogy” more accessible to those of us with interest but lacking technical background in that arena…
The comments copied below were in response to the article here:
This article is one in her series of “52 Ancestors”, which I believe was a challenge topic put out there by another genealogist to challenge fellow genealogists to begin writing up their family history in such a way as to get their genealogy together enough to pass along the fruits of their efforts to others.  As such the challenge is to write up an ancestor each week for a year (or so it sounds).  Since this above article is for #92 Ms. Estes obviously didn’t stop at 52.  It is my hope to begin writing up such “reports” on my own genealogical endeavors in the relatively near future…and Roberta’s formatting is inspirational!
Blessings to All,
Valerie

I really enjoyed reading about your ancestors and appreciate so many details and pictures. The quilting heritage reminded me of both my grandmothers and their quilts that have become such a part of all our lives. My mom’s mom used to make a special quilt for her grandchildren for when they were getting married. She signed and dated them in one corner, which makes them even more tangible from a family history perspective. She made many quilts over the years and donated so many of them to their Lutheran Church to use in raffles and various fundraisers which helped to erect a new steeple at that church. At some point I hope to create family history pages like these you’ve shared about your family…they (and you) are an inspiration! Blessings…