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Anyone have some dreadful/unique names in their family trees?

Dear members, Just a little funny to lighten your genealogy searching...

I found this name by accident at FamilySearch - The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world

IGI Individual Record

Lively SLAUGHTER born 1813 North Carolina, USA!

What were her parents thinking?

And then I thought I'd google the net to see what I could find as I was in the mood...

Unsual, Unique and Creative Names - More Unusual Names

More Census Whacking - Strange or Funny Names

And then it seems you can purchase books on the subject:-

Bertha Venation - And Hundreds of Other Funny Names of Real People by Larry Ashmead ... get it? Say the name slowly and it sounds like Birth Of A Nation. Really dreadful.


2 comment(s), latest 10 years ago

MISCELLANEOUS: An explanation of the twelve days of Christmas song

Twelve Days of Christmas--explained

There is one Christmas Carol that has always been baffling.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming
swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? Well here's the answer.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of Creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Genealogy/Heraldry/Topography : Lookups offered from personal library

Clive Smith's UK Genealogy Homepage

Books on the following:-

* England & Wales
* Ireland
* Scotland
* Yorkshire
* General
* Heraldry

Surname interests listed below.

MISCELLANEOUS: East Kingdom Office of the Signet ... Scribes/Calligraphers/Illuminators/Scrolls etc.

Dear FamilyTreeCircle Members, below is a link to a website I found whilst I was surfing the web for some good stuff. There is some beautiful work here. And it looks like you can even request scrolls to be created. Wow. Superb.

East Kingdom Office of the Signet

ALL USERS: New features at Certificate Sharing

Dear Members,

Certificate Sharing is a world-wide website created to share birth, death, marriage and baptismal certificates (written in English) with fellow historians freely. It now offers new features listed under existing features below.

*Certificate Search - search for birth, death, marriage, baptism or all certificates on any given surname.
*Add Certificates to the website - note if a certificate that you upload is written in 'hard to read' script writing, a link shall be sent to you via email once it has been transcribed for proof-reading.
*Forum - interact with other users, post your 'surname interests'.

*Photo Archives - you can now search for and/or add photos of your ancestors N.B. photos must be .jpg format and file size to be no greater than 500kb.
*My Messages - users can be alerted immediately if a contact is researching your ancestors.


1 comment(s), latest 10 years, 7 months ago

MISCELLANEOUS: A letter written to an ancestor

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone
It reaches out to all who care
Though tis too late to mourn
You did not know that I'd exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our bloods contracts and beats a pulse
Not entirely our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

Unknown author


A delightful read, author was previously unknown but now has been found.

Julie's Genealogy - The Story Teller