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Funny Strange But True Genealogy Stories

Updated on October 4, 2013

You Never Know What Your Genealogy Research Will Unearth


hen you research your genealogy you run the risk of discovering inlaws and outlaws, literally. If you're squeamish about what you might find you better not look. Almost every family has a skeleton in the closet.

Creative Family History

For People Who Would Never Dream of Lying


lady who had attained financial and social status asked an author to help search out her genealogy and assist her in writing a book on her family history. The author began his research. He soon came back to tell her he had discovered that one of her grandfathers had been electrocuted in New York's Sing Sing Prison. She was stunned, and wanted that part left out of the book. But the author insisted that everything, good or bad, should be included. The lady pleaded with him to write words that would hide the truth. The author came up with this:

'One of her grandfathers occupied the chair of applied electricity at one of America's best-known institutions. He was very much attached to his position and literally died in the harness.'

This satisfied her and her book was written for posterity."

~Author Unknown

Don't Be Afraid of the Skeletons in Your Closet

Who Knows, You Might Even Find a Blueblood Instead


on't be afraid of what you find when you start digging up your family history. There really is no telling where it will lead, and that's the fun of it.

Our family folklore was that someone on my father's side was related to John Wilkes Booth, murderer of Abraham Lincoln. While researching the line that rumor was attached to, I quite accidentally unearthed another related line that was documented clear back to the Mayflower Pilgrims, making John Alden and Priscilla Mullins my direct 11th great grandparents.

So maybe that other guy was related to them, too, or maybe not. I never could find him - still looking.

How To Find the Skeletons and Bluebloods In Your Family Tree

You Never Know What's There Until You Look


t's easy to get started, if you haven't already. You can find simple steps to start your search here.

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      Jen withFlash 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens! I have always loved horses and recently found out that my great great great grandfather owned a large horse stable.

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      7 years ago

      I have no royal ancestry but apparently an ancestor of mine was a prince. Of course that's so far back to the point where it doesn't have much of an impact on my current life.

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      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      No skeletons or bluebloods in our family but there were interesting people in their own right. I have an Ancestry account that I play with and have found missing family which is indeed a treat. Angel blessed.


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