On the theory of one race

On the theory of one race

There I found myself, in the unfortunate position of stumbling into a conversation with a Scientian (my word).

You know who I mean.

Stereotypically, they are the atheist type who claims they have no religion, are completely anti-establishment as relates to any formalized religion, are prone to outright mock the ‘fantasy’ of religion, and maybe they say they believe in ‘spirituality alone’ or other such similar things.

But then they start talking, and they eventually bring the subject around to science, and then you see what their real religion is.

The scientists they love are as Gods to them, their words heard as ‘facts’ so golden and untouchable as to be gospel.

Above all, they tolerate no other Gods before their true Gods.

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Thankfully Distant Relations

Thankfully Distant Relations

I’m not a big ‘William the Conqueror’ fan. Yes, probably some of you out there wouldn’t care in the least about some guy who died over 900 years ago, but I do. We’re related, and I happen to believe that people are a little bit of all their ancestors.

Now I’m a direct line to Charlemagne, my 38th great-grandfather, and I don’t see that as a negative. Well, the biggest downside is that everyone seems to be related to him and I’m just not that much of a people lover. But William… well, I just can’t get over that Doomsday Book thing.

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Family Tree Update Live

Family Tree Update Live

I just uploaded the newest version of my family tree from my ancestral files. This will be the last update in 2012, but I’ll try to push through another one in the first half of next year.

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Genealogy and Famous People

When I start talking about how fun it is to research genealogy, or how easily I can lose an entire day searching archives, and just generally how much I enjoy the hunt, I invariably get asked the same followup question… “so, have you found any famous relatives yet?”

For a long while I’ve been just giving an internal sigh at the return of this question yet again, and responding with some level of barely controlled annoyance…

“OF COURSE I’ve got famous relatives.”

Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, Earls and Barons, popular religious leaders, politicians, and well-known businessmen. They’re all in there, and even some stranger titles than those. But guess what… so do thousands of other members of my family.

But recently, I’ve come to open my eyes and realize that most people don’t actually have these people in their family trees. I bought into the whole ‘everyone has a royal in their tree if you go back far enough’ bull. But it’s simply not true.

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Progress Happens

I wanted to chime in on something I’m seeing on the genealogical forums and blogs – resentment. There are some people whom, having researched for years (or even generations) the old-fashioned blood sweat and tears way, are very very VERY upset at the ease modern day genealogists can enjoy in their research.

I’ve read comments, on online sites like Ancestry.com, declaring that all forms of online research are useless and incorrect (wonder why they are on there then?). I’ve seen bloggers claim that anyone who hasn’t eyeballed the original document in person isn’t a serious researcher. I even read one person who went so far as to say that you shouldn’t even take major collections, like the National Archives, as accurate, that you should go get the original in your hands and verify it in person. Sounds like snobbery, but is definitely rooted in some resentment.

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Whither Are We Rockefeller?

Whither Are We Rockefeller?

Quite by accident I discovered how we are linked to the Rockefeller family known widely in the United States. I was exploring up a side of the tree and ran across someone who married a woman with the surname Rector. Thinking that perhaps this family may have been named for some notable religious person, I started exploring that family line.

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