Sunday, October 25, 2009

Family History...

Greetings on a gray, cold soon to be snowing Sunday AM.  This week has been a struggle as I've been fighting a mean case of laryngitis for about 5-6 days now.  All of which makes it more difficult when your job is teaching and it requires the use of one's voice to project thoughts, ideas, understandings.  My Oklahoma City, OK students last week thought my raspy voice was reminiscent of Clint Eastwood so I did a liners from "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" and a varierty of Dirty Harry movies.  They thought it was great...

But I digress, for this rambling post I'd thought I chat a moment or two about family history.  I've been involved off-on with researching my maternal and paternal family history using Family Tree Maker 2005.  A few weeks ago while researching the Trumbull side of the family, I found a connection who was researching a branch of the Trumbull's that shared the same family members.  I emailed this person unsure if I would receive a response from a 5 year old posting.  Imagine my surprise when a Susan Trumbull responded and said that we were in fact related.  She is married to the son of my great-great-great-great-great grandfather's brother - otherwise my 3rd cousin once removed. In the 2 weeks of "meeting" each other over emails, we exchanged branches of our family trees and it's been a lion share of history for both.  I've filled in one branch of the Trumbull tree that was entirely missing and have provided Susan with the same for my branch.  She is active in researching the Trumbull family history as well and through our emails, we should be able to fill in more missing leaves and branches.  It's truly fascinating to see where one comes from - for example, one of my distant grandfathers defected from the British military during the Revolutionary War and took up arms for the Colonial's pursuit of independence.  If he had been caught during his escape and executed, then I would not be here today...FASCINATING!

1 comment:

Ace's Lady said...

If you haven't already, talk to my dad. When Michaela was doing a project for school, "Grandpa" told her some interesting stuff, and sent me even more, about his dad's family... Also, my mom has a geneology program she's been working on for years (the LeClair side included, of course); I'm sure she'd LOVE to share some of it, if you're interested! :)