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June 21, 2011


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that is absolutely the coolest story I have heard in ages!!!! Way to go Dad.

very cool! I remember when my toddler grandson realized how his mother and I were related. He was so small, he still called me Bramma as he had trouble saying Gramma and he was hanging onto his mother's legs as I was saying goodbye after a visit. My daughter and I hugged and said our goodbyes and my daughter said "love you mom, drive careful".

Carter's jaw dropped as he started figuring things out and he said to his mom while pointing at me "that's you mama!" He was so excited and you could just see the gears turning in his little head. Was funny and sweet at the same time. Made me smile almost the whole 7 hour drive home.

Great story, Geoff! Good to see the next generation taking an interest. Is this the same kid who declared he wanted to be a genealogist like his dad, 'cos then he'd get to go on trips like the Legacy cruise?

Wendy - yes, earlier Evan said he wanted to be a genealogist when he grows up so he can go on the Legacy cruises and eat ice cream.

My 20 year old son isn't particularly interested in genealogy but he is interested in HO model trains. Even the old railroad documentation. Recently he told me he pulled some records from an old RR building but most were a frozen mess on the floor (winter) and the building was destroyed just after. When I mentioned how genealogists would appreciate the docs especially listing the people he got it. That is because it is genealogy that relates to his hobby of trains. It gives me hope.

Youngest Granddaughter was about 6 when she became enmeshed in "Little House on the Prairie" series and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I told her she had Ingalls ancestors. We took my copy of the Ingalls genealogy and figured out that Laura was my mothers 7th cousin, and that made her my grand-daughter's 7th cousin 4 times removed. She even took the paper outline I did to school to prove it to her friends.

I have done 47 cemetery surveys. I survey old family plots way back off in the woods that no one knows about. Some of these cemeteries are as far as 2 miles off of the road. My daughter Kaitlyn helped me do them all :) She is now 17 and will be getting married in November. I think her cemetery surveying days will be over but it made for some great memories.

What a great story. You are very lucky to have a child who is interested. Neither of my kids are, but I keep hoping one day they will want to get involved. But, I do keep telling them stories of their ancestors.

Wow!!! Please tell my great nephew Evan that I'm really proud of him. It makes me want to get busy.
Aunt Carol (yes I'm Geoff's aunt)

Hey Aunt Carol - I'll tell him. He's now starting on his genealogy merit badge.

Way to go Evan! I'm very proud of you.
Grandma H.

It's sort of like what the doctor told me about my son and vegetables: Keep offering them to him and one day he will take them! Congratulations, Geoff and Evan! I am looking forward to that day myself!!

I love it - it would only be better if you had a video camera to record the moment! Thank you for sharing with all of us! Maybe you'll bring him along to a genealogy conference one of these days?

My 5 year old twin boys love to watch the "slideshow" screen saver I have on my computer. Of course, I have at least a thousand photos of family and ancestors that it scrolls through and the boys watch and ask who each one is and they are even starting to correctly identify "great-great grandma," etc. I've taken them to cemeteries and have them help me search for stones, and they even enjoy cleaning away the built-up leaves and grass and it's a great opportunity to teach them their heritage as well as respect for the past.

Hey, that is my grandson!

Hey Dad - great to see you in the comments!

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