Families Colliding

+11 votes
My kids are sick of me talking about my family discoveries but ya'all will appreicate this.  My  Aunt Maud Colville-431 on my father's side got her Masters in Education at University of Southern California at the same time my Uncle  CC Crawford-13090 on my mom's side was head of the Education Department there.  My parents didn't even know each other then :)
in The Tree House by Joelle Colville-Hanson G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
This is a real tongue in cheek one but my fourth great grandparents were married in St. Kitts in 1797.

In the  mid 1700s

 her grandmother had a bar in Alexandria which had a GW room where George Washington regularly attended, as well as house parties at their mansion.

his step grandmother lived in the Kremlin, as wife of her first husband the General-in-Chief of the Russian army and Governor of Moscow (they are both buried with my family in Strutleln, Latvia) - his brother was Prince Regent.

I dont think they knew each other - I hope not lol - but given that his  fourth cousins at the same time included the most beloved and longest reigning Queen of France, Marie wife of Louis XV and the morgantic spouse of Frederick Wilhelm - I think we could put together a historical fiction blockbuster - that well predates our current debacle

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+9 votes
You're so right about us appreciating your discovery!  I think many WikiTreers (apparently that's not a word since it's underlined red) have similar family issues. I have to try sneaky ways to insert small facts into a family conversation.....hoping they'll absorb some of it.   I did trick my mother into going on a two day cemetery driving tour in NW Arkansas,  fortunately the weather was perfect.
by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (477k points)
I keep suggesting my husband and I visit the only part of New Zealand he's never been. He's keen....then remembers the cemeteries and that he'd have to listen to the commentary.
Fortunately I have a 1st Cousin who's crazy about cemeteries.... he has this special non-destructive formula in a 2 gallon spray can that he brings along.  He cleans the headstones,  I photograph.  (What a deal!)
+6 votes
I get eye rolls from my family every time I mention something like this, especially from my mother. The only one who gets it is my younger brother!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.8m points)
My oldest is not impressed either - she says "Ma, I don't care about your dead people"

Hahaha! Just remember, interest in genealogy skips generations. You’re doing this for you farther down descendants! laugh

I get the eye rolls, too. However, I've had a breakthrough as my 23 year old son did message me to check up on which ship our ancestors came to New Zealand. It wasn't the same as his girlfriend's ancestors, though it was days apart and our ancestors would have known her ancestors.
+4 votes

My father's mother was born in the village (about 3500 people today) of Glemsford, Suffolk, England, and came to the USA in 1895.  My mother's family came to the USA in the 1630s (most of them so far).  I was surprised to find that some of those Puritan ancestors were from Glemsford, Suffolk, England.

I checked with Relationship Finder and it found no connections between my father and mother.  Figures, though.  My family rarely relate to each other.  cool

by Robin Anderson G2G6 Mach 4 (44.2k points)

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