Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


September 16, 2013

Reflections on a Pet Peeve

I know I have mentioned part of this to you before, but as I am stumbling around trying to help someone with their family tree, I am coming across it once again.

I do not understand why anyone who took all the trouble to research a family tree would then hide it, not only from the world, but from their own family. That simply blows my mind.

I am the registrar for the Ralph Ripley Chapter DAR here in Mineral Wells, and my primary function is to assist people who want to join DAR by finding and connecting them to ancestors who were American patriots during the Revolutionary War. My second task is to assist them in filling out and filing their applications and dealing with the national Daughters of the American Revolution.

Granted, researching families can be quite tricky, but I have come across quite a few families where someone has done extensive research. They have proven, and documented, the family line, and they refuse to share it with their family. Not only is it mean-spirited and selfish, but it really makes no sense – at least, it doesn’t to me.

If you have watched Ancestry.com’s television series “Who Do You Think You Are?” you might have seen the recent episode where Trisha Yearwood was highlighted. She commented in the advertisement that perhaps they would find horse thieves, but she wanted to know about her family – about the first member to come to the New World. And, low and behold, her ancestor was sent to the American colony by the King of England because he stole deer – almost a horse thief! And that was her family history. She also discovered that the family she was researching lived in the same county in Georgia in which she herself was born and raised. What wonderful, interesting history.

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