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My father just sent me my great-aunt Arlene's ten-page summary of her obsessively-researched history of the Anthony family history (at the time of writing, in 1997, the full extent of the research took up six filing cabinets).

Apparently my family history involves piracy, the expulsion of Catholicism from England, and what appears to be at least one Roma or Sephardic member of the tree. (Don't worry, I won't use that to claim heritage, it's just interesting!)

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It behooves me to add that even being able to track my family history back to the 1500s is a privilege many people - including a huge number of non-whites in the United States - don't have.

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@noelle Dang, that's p dope tho

I made it as far back as my twice- or thrice-great grandfather moving from Germany and then lost the trail entirely, which was basically like late-1800s

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@[email protected] I'm a full two generations split to the side of a family tree that has geneology records tracing all the way back to King David and I wish we were close enough that I could ask for a copy because omgggg want

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@[email protected] it might be three generations actually, I forget how to count generations. me, my mom, my mom's mom?

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@InspectorCaracal If your mom's mom is where the branch happened, then you're two generations removed.

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@[email protected] awesome, then I was right! thanks :D

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@noelle The earliest people in my tree so far were born "before 1577".

Not so interesting as yours though, mostly back and forth between the local farms.

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@noelle to be curious was Anthony your grandmother's family or your grandfather's?

I've done some genealogy work and been surprised how patriarchal the whole system is especially considering it is supposed to be based on "genetics" which would give equal weight to both the mother and father's genes.

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@ted Arlene was my grandfather's sister. And yeah, it's odd how little is recorded about the women in historical documents.

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@noelle in doing the research, it is hard to find maiden names. An exciting event when you get one!

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