August 12, 2014

Good Grief!

Occasionally I dip a toe into my family’s genealogy but it’s not a regular hobby. I’ll be online, get the urge, click around a bit, learn something interesting, and two minutes later the urge sputters out. But this week I learned that even those two minutes can lead to rocks that are better left unturned. In short…I have an ancestor named Nimrod.

A couple of nights ago, I researched an ancestress on my mother’s side of the family (the Frys) named Marcia Lucia Ave Maria Van Pelt Buckingham. I found information about a Marcia Lucia Buckingham in Ohio whose mother's birth surname was Van Pelt—all spot on. Then I learned that her father was Arthur Buckingham. And then I learned that his brother was named Nimrod. How hoomiliatin’. Good ol’ Uncle Nimrod.

Along these same lines, while researching the origin of the surname on my father’s side of the family (the Morrisseys), I, of course, stumbled across those sites that tout specious family histories, coats of arms, and mottoes. Morrissey motto? “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Sounds noble but still…yuck? But when I looked at the general “images for” page, quite a few of the sites were somewhat consistent in the coat of arms they displayed so maybe there's something to it. However, in keeping with the theme of genealogical humiliation, apparently I am related to Charlie Brown.



Posted by Ryan at August 12, 2014 11:49 AM

Oh yeah, I have a Nimrod too. I also have Ulred the Uncertain. He's my favorite.

I can't remember our motto but it equated to brawn, not brains. I do know that the origin of our name comes down to "one who is sturdy" which still fits the big, beefy family that we are.

So there you go. A family of Hodors.

Posted by: Laurie on August 12, 2014 02:06 PM

Charlie Brown's 'girlfriend' Lucy's last name is Van Pelt also. So you're related to cartoons on both sides evidently :)

Posted by: tami on August 12, 2014 02:44 PM

I have an ancestor nicknamed Preacher Joe. It was said that no one ever fell asleep during his sermons -- way too loud.

Posted by: kmkat on August 13, 2014 09:28 AM

I think you are (were) related to Charles Schultz. Genealogy can be entertaining.

Posted by: picadrienne on August 16, 2014 08:23 PM

Hi Ryan, it has been awhile. Good luck with the **&^* M*ths!. Was wondering, how is Cousin Tom doing? I really miss his Mongolian postings. BTW, I also started genealogy in 1969 on all 4 sides!! (nuts!) and alternate between stuck and information tidbits. The latest seems to be Plantagenet related to Henry III on my mother's side. You never know what you will "dig up". Hope all is well. Take care.

Posted by: Pat L on August 22, 2014 10:55 AM

As long as your teachers don't start sounding like
"WOAH WOAH WAH WAH WOAH WHOA WHA", I think you'll be OK.

Hey! we're sharing the same college! I'm taking the Editing Cert course this fall at UW! Go us chronological-grownup students!!

Posted by: kt on August 27, 2014 06:12 PM
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