Your Family Tree - What Should You Avoid?
It is only natural that, as we get older, we come to grips with our mortality. We're going to die. Will people remember me? My ancestors died before me. What can I do to become acquainted with them before I "join them?"
We check our records, our photos, our documents. Yes, we pull them out of that old trunk and pore over them. Then we start contacting other, even older relatives.
Finally, we may either subscribe to one or more genealogy services or travel to locations researching documents at public institutions. But if we want the genuine "skinny," there is something we must not do.
We must not accept all the information we are offered without consideration. A case in point...
Someone recently told me they'd discovered a part of our family tree we hold in common has been traced back much farther than anticipated. It goes all the way back to Adam and Eve and God and is just chock full of kings and queens.
I smell a skunk somewhere. Do you? Everyone wants their tree to go way, way back. They also want to be related to one of two groups, and preferably both:
- Native Americans, all of whom are always Chiefs.
Most of us have no royalty in our family tree, or just a smidgen. Maybe five percent of those who claim to have Native American ancestors actually do. Do not be suckered in. Do not pay money for such information.
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