Must apologise for things being so quiet around here lately and for my general lack of presence at my chums' blogs but I've been caught up in a whirlpool made up all the usual things that life plus I'm in the midst of a continuing DIY battle that looks like it's never going to end (just like this sentence). A further distraction of my own making has been my first ever attempt at constructing some kind of very rudimentary family tree.
To be honest, beyond the names of first cousins and being acquainted with my uncles and aunties when a child, I have never known very much about my deeper roots. It's something my immediate family has rarely shown much interest in and I have tended to go along with this until the other day when, perhaps bored or perhaps driven by some deeper force, I randomly 'Googled' my maternal grandfather with no reason to hope that anything would pop up (afetr all, he was 'merely' a grocer's assistant for much of his too short life) only to find him being discussed on a First World War forum. No need to think that this was connected to either heroics or scandal (though he quite probably was as heroic as the average Tommy stuck in the French trenches for God knows how long and he did come out of it all mentally scarred but with a good reputation). No, the forum was discussing a photograph of my granddad and wondering what uniform he was wearing. I have tried to put them right on all their guessing and surmising but have been having some problems posting there so they may have to remain in ignorance a while longer. Anyway, this isn't really my point today. Having found this little tit-bit I dug deeper only to discover that a few kind souls have done loads of research on my mum's paternal line and I've been bowled over by what I have learnt. It's been fabulous to also have made contact with a very distant relative who has been in part resonsible for much of this work. Thus, I'm now hooked and want to know more. Oddly, I can already see a few pattern emerging, for good or ill - makes me wonder what we carry in our DNA. The Roches also had something to say about this in the wonderful song, 'Runs In The Family' from their debut album in 1979.
Runs In The Family (1979)
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