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October 12, 2009

SWEETTALK

A good kind of FBI background check

“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.” Edmund Burke in his “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790).

The more I look into the genealogy of my children, the more I admire Darryl and Teresa Tarmasso, the geniuses who assist the participants of the Mineral Wells Senior Center in their search for family roots. I get a headache when I even think of the devotion and work involved, to say nothing of the eye-strain.

I do think that it is important, if for the sake of nothing more than looking back to see how our genetic source behaved, or misbehaved as the case may be, and to anticipate the path that our future can take. Without getting bogged down in the idea that we can’t change what’s ahead, I wish to have suggestions as to how I can deal with that unchanging and predestined future for me and my children. That being said, let me tell you of a completely unexpected source of information from my husband’s past generations, and the pleasure of sharing it with our children.

This past week, our son called and told me that an FBI agent was looking for us. For a moment I was panicky, thinking that I was not imagining something terrible every time my Norton Anti-Virus program reported an attempted invasion of my computer, since that is a common occurrence. What have I done, what have I done?

Well, it turned out that one of Colon’s distant cousins had retired from a 30-year stint of employment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which had nothing to do with anything involving me. I agreed to have this man call our home and thus began a whirl-wind information blast from his research files, telling more about Colon’s heritage than we ever thought we would find. I long had the desire to leave with my children a thorough story of their lineage, but lacked enough input from the Sweet family to let me do the research myself.

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