Question of the Week: If you wrote a novel about the history of your family, what would the title be?

+26 votes

We'll put this one in the "Just for Fun" category. :-)

Can't wait to read your answers!

asked Jan 12 in The Tree House by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (218,180 points)
Ulster to Texas
Who were the twelve families?
From Poverty to Hell.
Eggleston-Moseley, Tobin-Daniels, Davis-Ross, Luck-Scheideler, Overstreet-Blakeley, Bull-Marcy, Alvis-Browning, Erwin-Walker, Schlittler-Steger, Woods-Rountree, Davis-Erwin, John Henry Schlittler, Jr
Mine would be "Did You Ever Feel so Different From Your Family That Your Swear They Took The Wrong Baby Home From The Hospital?"


Your so blessed to have ancestors such as these and so wonderfully told.  Thank you for sharing.
Mine would be called "Crazy".
"A Man For His King" is the title for the historical novel I am writing on my Trudgian/Tregian line.

 AUNTIE UPSTAIRS  is the working title of my book about my family and the preponderance of old maids that were Aunties and lived upstairs in the big family home, being crazy and quirky and a huge reason the family is so small now.  

I had a similar reply when asking a rellie for information, he just said not really interested....but then added...but if you get it all done, I would be interested in reading it.  Fool, you can't get it done unless you get info to get it done.  Guess who won't be getting a copy eventually....

72 Answers

+15 votes
Best answer
Mine would be "The Tale of Two People"
answered Jan 12 by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Mach 8 (86,800 points)
selected 2 days ago by Gina Pike
Thank you for best answer Susie, much appreciated :)
+13 votes
"Go West Young Man!"

Oh wait, I think it's already taken..
answered Jan 12 by Bart Triesch G2G6 Pilot (103,590 points)
+14 votes
Out of Round
answered Jan 12 by Janet Gunn G2G6 Mach 3 (34,280 points)
"Out of Round" is right for my 19th and 20th century family. But I think there is the makings of a great historical romance/historical mystery in the story of my 16th great grandmother.

see and

* Multiple marriages

* Out of wedlock children

* Incest

* Possible kidnapping

* Legal interpretation (and a legal struggle for ownership of an estate that lasted over a century. That estate was used in the filming of "Wolf Hall")

* Greed

* Bribery

* Rebellion

* Debauchery and gambling

* Armed conflict

* Prison

* Agincourt

and of course

* True love

The title would be  "The Naughty Lyf of Lady Constance"
+17 votes
Nightmare on Elm Street

That's where we lived when our house burned down Christmas Day 1983.
answered Jan 12 by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (237,020 points)
I hear Freddie Krueger was big on your street, Eddie. =) Haha!
Strangely enough, I had a buddy in school named Michael Myers.
Was your town called Silent Hill?
Dude ! I live in Youngstown Ohio, hometown of the DEBARTOLO CORPORATION, the owners of my dearly beloved '49ers. Equidistant from Pittsburgh and Cleveland for NFL games ! Hometown of one of rock and roll's greatest bands - KOOL AND THE GANG.  Kool (Robert) Bell is a third cousin. ) Do not make fun of Y-town (we got Mafia here!)
Oh, have ya met Cousin Vinnie? He owes me money for the job I did for him.

Nice town tho. =D
I gotcha, buddy. No need for the links. Interesting stuff...

Our old congressman and the mob

Gotcha. No need to tell me more about the Mob. I may tell you in private.....
+14 votes
Spirits of The New World
answered Jan 12 by Tannis Mani G2G3 (3,080 points)
+13 votes
Our Crazy Clan

or... Family is Forever

But I think my cousins would all pick the first one, lol
answered Jan 12 by M Silva G2G6 Mach 9 (94,990 points)
I like Family is Forever more. =D

Was gonna go with "My big Fat Italian Life" but I am not fat so it doesn't work.
Too funny Chris!
Thanks. =D
+21 votes
"I just might be my own grampa!"

(There's a fair amount of cousin-lovin' on both sides.)
answered Jan 12 by Erik Oosterwal G2G6 Mach 1 (16,660 points)
Intro by Phillip J Fry? =P
+12 votes

"Letters to Lydia." This is Lydia , and it would be a kind of epistolary novel, based on known information.

answered Jan 12 by Fiona Gilliver G2G6 Mach 3 (32,660 points)
I like :)
That's a lovely title, and a great profile. If only I'd seen it before the nominations for Prized Penmanship! :-)
Thank you for your kind words, Suzie. She is my favourite ancestor and someone I never knew about even though she is my great grandfather's half-sister. A key character would be Nicky's great great grandfather who let his sister in Cornwall know her husband, Lydia's father, had been spotted in New Zealand in 1864. We both would have loved to have been flies on the wall at that meeting!
+9 votes
Mine would be From Ag-Lab to Accountant.

England to NZ - 1817 to 2016

My ancestors were Agricultural Labourers in Devon, England.

Both my father and my uncle were accountants,

1817 is the year the first Ag-Lab in the family got married.

2016 is when my father, the last accountant, died.
answered Jan 12 by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (164,020 points)
+14 votes
"Aotearoa Soup" !
answered Jan 13 by Nicky Blacklock G2G6 Mach 2 (22,200 points)
Is that your translation of "Great Big Melting Pot?'

I can still remember the chorus...

What we need is a great big melting pot - Big enough to take the world and all its got - Stir it for a hundred years or more - Turn out coffee coloured people by the score.

Do you know that song? It was a huge hit in NZ in the 1980s - about the same time that Poi-e came out as well. My 2 most favoruite songs of that era. And there I go showing my age again!!  LOL

Hi Robynne :)

Yes, that's the one! "Melting Pot" ~ I've always loved that song too Here's the old original. I loved our beautiful Kiwi girls "When The Cat's Away" version of it too back in the 80s 

When I first explored my genealogy I had no idea that within 4-5 generations it would go back to so many different countries and cultures, let alone quite how far back I'd go from there! I was so amazed that I'd even been born! So I've called my tree Aotearoa Soup ever since.One day I hope to put it all together for my children's children in an illuminated manuscript scroll format, starting way back and meandering it's way all the way forward to them. I'm hoping they will be so fascinated by their roots it will inspire in them too a passion for history and genealogy and that they'll feel the same sense of pride I feel for all those who have come before.

+13 votes
A Menagerie of Messes :-)
answered Jan 13 by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (393,060 points)
+10 votes
Probably 'Who's Who'. Sorting my maternal grandmother's family out had its challenges. On the other hand, one of my "cousins" did write a novel about my 4 greats grandmother "The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor", by Sally Armstrong.
answered Jan 13 by Doug McCallum G2G2 (2,380 points)
+13 votes
Tractors, Plows, and Hoes.
answered Jan 13 by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (195,510 points)
Nice one, Natalie!
+10 votes
I'd have to split it into three books. One for each side of the family.

Book 1 would be about my Italian side. It'd be called...

"La Famiglia: From Italy to Haverhill"

Book 2 would be about my French Canadian roots. It would be called....

"The French Connection. Or how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy baguettes"

Book 3 would be about the American Colonists

"The Original New England Patriots"
answered Jan 13 by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Mach 3 (31,430 points)
+7 votes
Mine would be "Family History Mysteries" with a subtitle of How I fell in Love with West Virginia Records!
answered Jan 13 by Cindy Lesure G2G6 Mach 2 (29,610 points)
+8 votes
I'm in the middle of writing mine: "Faith and Silk", which is about a branch of my family who were silk workers and nonconformists.

“We are all Adam’s children, but silk makes the difference.”
(Thomas Fuller 1654-1734)
answered Jan 13 by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (193,370 points)
+7 votes

For my paternal grandmother's side a broadly epic trilogy:

  • The Charcoal Makers
  • The Sawmill Workers
  • The Teachers


answered Jan 13 by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (166,360 points)
+8 votes
"The most boring book in the world"... Nearly everybody is an agricultural laborer, not anything even remotely resembling a notable (even an infamous one) in sight ! I love researching them, but to someone not connected to the family, they must be very much like one another.
answered Jan 13 by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (116,000 points)
But you could make it captivating! (Alas, mine are mostly farmers as well.)
They are captivating to me! Actually a few entertaining stories around my Belgian great-grandfather's family... they were a bit bohemian.
Even farmers can have an interesting life!
Mine were all like yous Ag-Labs with the occasional silk factory worker and roof thatcher thrown in....
Mine too  and so far they were all in the South East  too.  No adventures, nothing exciting.
+10 votes
"The Farmers in Their Dells and the Ministers Under Their Bells" would
cover over 75% of us.
answered Jan 13 by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Mach 9 (92,260 points)
+5 votes
answered Jan 13 by Jean Pierce G2G Crew (620 points)

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