The Velawesomeraptor Himself (clayrobeson) wrote,
The Velawesomeraptor Himself

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For the duration of this lesson...

My last name is Smith.
My mom's maiden name is Jones.

Many of you know that I do a shitload of genealogy stuff. I have one line of my family traced back to about the year six. If you take the Bible as fact, I can actually trace my lineage back to Adam. But that's beside the point. I just got this e-mail:

Hi Klae,

My name is Wendy Jones. I am a descendent of Thomas Smith born May 15, 1784 near Gettysburg, Adams Co. PA. I see you have had contact with Dorothy Dumbleton concerning the Smith line. I have never met her, but I have in front of me a copy of the Smith family history she has been working on. I only recently found that my parents have this copy of it. This is so exciting, I feel like I've had an information explosion happen here.

My Dad's name is Wendell Howard (Leroy Howard, Mary Etta Smith, Chester Smith, Abram Lain Smith, Thomas Smith). I have compiled some information with newer members of the family (since Leroy- my grandfather) in the last five or six years, but had gained little but what I personally knew and what I could get by word of mouth. This morning I went into the message board in and the World Family tree where I have my information and almost immediately came across your message, with a response from Mrs. Dumbleton. I've continued to be unsure how to proceed in an organized way of gaining information, so I am extremely happy about this to see some of the names I have jumping out at me from your site. I would be very interested in corresponding with you concerning our mutual Smith family. I also think it is very interesting that you have a Jones side in your family.

How bizarre is that?

The woman has the same last name as my mom's family but is a descendant of my DAD'S family.

Is this like marrying your cousin or something?

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