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Think back to a movie, a TV show, or a story about a discovery of hidden treasure. It was never found easily and if it was, how boring would that be? A pirate searching for treasure or us researching our family tree have similar features. The Story Hunter has the same journey as it will always take you through twists and turns and into dead ends before you get to the secret spot.
Then, when a specific location or clue has been discovered, the treasure hunter is then kept extremely busy deciphering the false leads from vital bits of information.
BTW: Have you noticed that the pirates in the movies always seem to look alike? They always seem to have similar features.
Anywho, do you remember how excited you were when the treasure was finally found? I was!
And during the movie when there was an altercation between the pirates and the ‘good guys’, I’d recall saying to myself, ‘Stop fighting and just find the treasure’.
It was always discovered after an adventure of roaming for days and days and miles to and through unknown exotic locations and involving people telling lies and cheating. The clues would constantly lead to dead ends but bit by bit it kept us intrigued and guessing.
It was the same with my previous story about my Great Grandfather who enlisted for WW1 at 44 years of age. It seemed so far fetched but I had to keep searching.
This could be why I’m so interested in our Family Tree as tracing my ancestors leads me to soo many exotic locations!
Such as: I’ve recently discovered through my DNA that I have up to 13% Baltic and some Nordic! Oh wow! That’ll explain why I Larv eating my steak rare or like the Vikings, I can eat a ton of seafood. 😊
It’s important to make the most of any significant pieces of information plus the old photos have an added bonus.
Photography has been around for a few generations now so coming across a family member is exciting plus if there’s a resemblance in the facial features it just adds to the excitement.
- Years ago, a few of us were looking through some old family photos we saw a photo of my Grandmother in her younger days and my mouth dropped open because we saw me!
Pfft. We brushed that off after all, she was my Grandmother and there’s bound to be resemblances. Right?
- Then, on the same Family branch, a 3x Great Grandfather looks soo much like my brother.
- Also, often I look at one of my sons and see those same features – incredible!
That’s a 4x Great Grandfather who was born around 1840. So for me, The Story Hunter, that’s like gold! It was 140 odd years ago and now there’s multiple family members thrown into the mix and yet the similar features or genes manage to hang in there and re-surface!
By the way: this is the son with the ‘Bum’ chin. (That’s another story) Did it come from the same ancestor too? No, as I’ve just discovered. His wife has it.
- In a photo of another 3 or 4 x Great Grandfather the structure of his forehead and eyebrows are the same as what I’ve seen on a young family member. A 12-month-old baby girl born a century later who’s now an adult but both with the same frown. 😊
I saw it immediately. Incredible!
- I’ve noticed that most of the facial features that have been passed along have come from the men. Another GGG Grandfather has passed on the same type of eyelid genes to a number of people in the family such as aunts and cousins. He was 4 generations back and yet all have the same eyelids.
Full of surprises
My journey so far has been intriguing and full of surprises. The facial features, learning about the towns and villages where the ancestors were from or finding snippets of newspaper clippings is exciting. Plus with newspaper clippings, nothing was private back then.
Other clues are in the electoral roles and the census and this is where you’ll see the head household’s handwriting.
The handwriting or signature could show up on a birth or Christening or Banns register. For me, seeing the handwriting seems to add some sort of reality to who this person was.
I intend to keep looking through my Family Tree because the positive in this is how technology will play a key role and we know that there are people who study the more scientific side of things so our knowledge will continue to grow.
If you’re keen to look at yours but are blocked or don’t know where to start, I can help.
Contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Join us where we can help each other when we have blocks or share what hidden treasures you’ve discovered. Quite often the family are too busy or just not interested but we are so come and see us!
The FB group is The Story Hunter Hub
Do you want to take the next step? If you larv travel, I can help you with connecting you to your ancestors’ hometown/village to continue unravelling hidden treasures.
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