Who do you think you are?

I have seem this television program once or twice, where a television personality digs into their past and sometimes they discover they had famous, or sometimes infamous, relatives.

I don’t think I would be so lucky, or unlucky as the case may be.

But, to be honest I haven’t really been interested in digging into the past.

On the other hand, my older brother has a keen interest in genealogy in general, borne from a desire to find out more about our family tree.

And he has gone back to the 1600’s, for the relatives who came out from England, and no, they were not transported convicts, or at least he’s not saying.

Genealogy is a rather fascinating subject, and, I’ve discovered, is taught in university’s as a degree.  My brother has one now. 

What I didn’t realise is that I’ve been playing with it for years because in writing what might be called sagas you need to create your own set of mythical familes, and then trace to forebears back in time.

I have one novel I’m writing that has required a family tree, and recently another for a story that required starting with a character who participated in the Eureka Stockade.  We had to create parents, a migration from England to Australia, and then construct a family tree through to today so we could the write a story from the perspective of a fourth generation girl at school doing a school project.

If that sounds complicated, believe me it is.  But from my grandaugter who came up with the idea, she is very excited about it.

Much better than sitting in front of a computer playing games or a tv watching cartoons.

But once again I digress…

I have found a lot of genealogy stuff that my mother had been working on, and I’m taking it to my brither, and at the same time l will get the latest instalment on our family.

So far I’ve learned that I come from a combination of British relatives on both my mother and father’s side, the most recent my father’s mother who was born in England, and German from my mother’s side, her surname being Auhl.

No doubt, and with a great deal of irony, my relatives probably fought against each other in two world wars.

I’m sure more will be revealed on Wednesday.

But, the more I learn the more I feel inclined to create a fictionalized history with my family members as characters in the story.  At the moment a biographical account of the family would be reasonably boring since as yet no one notorious had been discovered.

6 thoughts on “Who do you think you are?

  1. Everyone has at least one moment of passionate story in their lives. When digging through my own history I discovered that my great great and so forth grandfather who lived in Vermont raised one family and then after his wife died, he married an eighteen year old immigrant from Russia. He then adopted her younger brothers. Now there is a story there for sure.

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  2. I believe your tongue must have been in your cheek, but your point is nevertheless well taken, that notoriety inheres interest in a story. I’ll have to consider that… can a story be interesting if there is no nefarious behavior involved??

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