30 July 2013

Truth can be stranger than fiction! Family learns adopted daughter is a true part of family tree ...


The more I do genealogy research, the more I am convinced that the truth is often “stranger than fiction!”

I don’t think any of us are creative enough to have thought of some of the “lives” that we have documented.  So, though we may go with the “law of averages” as we do our research, we do need to keep in mind that people were not “average” and that many lived amazing and “strange lives!”

Last winter I read about just such an instance of this, Family learns adopted daughter is a true part of family tree.

“It wasn’t until 1940 United States Census data was released that a relative started doing some research and discovered that Sarah is Steve’s fourth cousin once removed. That means Sarah’s brothers and sisters in the Hamilton family are her fifth cousins.”

This was a girl who was born in TX, lived in KS (where she was adopted) and the family moved to SD.  So, we are not talking about a small community where one is less surprised to find that the neighbors are distantly or closely related.

Have you had “truth stranger than fiction” elements in your own family history?





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