Already we see a number of groups about famous kin, royalty connections, and Coats of Arms. So many seemed focused on notions of Blue Blood that we get distracted from the common men and women who truly made a mark on our lives. Some genealogists even seek the same myths:
- 3 brothers jumped ship, leaving behind a castle in Scotland
- one married an Indian princess
- one has ties to the Mayflower
- one left his Last Will on the Titanic
How many times, in an archive or at a conference, do you see someone who claims a line before 1500 which is mostly myth?
How many pay for a version of the “Heritage Family Album” scam which highlights allegedly famous people?
If you do have a documented pedigree
that includes a notable person, then congratulations are in order. Hopefully, due credit is given to all of the others who left you a heritage in genetic, social, religious, political, cultural and other aspects.
I need to repeat one of my first posts: “As for me and my family, I have little interest in a false Coat of Arms or a fake family crest, in mythological connections to royalty or other so-called celebrities, or in those who use technology to perpetually scrounge names without ever coming to a knowledge of historical facts about their forefathers.”
Even while one of my children is employed by 2 superstars in Hollywood, I still seek to honor our ordinary heroes in the spirit of Fanfare For the Common Man.
The overwhelming majority of families have had a few adventuresome souls, but nobody "rich or famous". For the most part our ancestors seem to be as ordinary as we are now. Ordinary ancestors deserve our attention. By discovering the history of my "ordinary" family I began to recognize the exceptional qualities of my heritage. I now know there is a story behind the pedigree chart, for each of my great-grandparents and not merely for those who may or may not be deemed famous.