Sara Roelofs

One of my ancestors on Mary Myrtle Vandivier’s side was Sara Roelofs.  I just found some interesting information on her.

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Royal Ancestry or Not?

According to some, my ancestor Hugh Harry is supposed to have royal ancestry spanning much of ancient Europe.  I am beginning to doubt that.  I’ve just had to cut off two lines that according to Wikipedia, descent was not possible.  One ruler was Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last King of Wales.  The other was Offa, King of Mercia, who died in July 796.  Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in ancient England.  Unless there are different forms of his children’s names I don’t know about, I was unable to make a connection between the child’s name I had and his.

It is possible that Hugh Harry’s descendants are the victims of a fraudulent genealogy.  At one time it was popular for European nobility to claim descent from biblical characters.  In this country it was popular for people to claim descent from European nobility.  How does one go about creating a fraudulent genealogy? Did they just string together likely sounding names, never guessing that two hundred or so years later the World Wide Web would be created and their descendants would be able to check the veracity of their claims?

After watching the Time Team programs, I also came under the romantic spell of the ancient British Isles.  I’d check my genealogy to see if I had the landowner in my database.  At least I’ve had the good sense to double check my information, to my disappointment.

I wonder how much truth is in my database.  I wonder where all true names of ancestors end and the fictitious ones or relationships begin.  I have so many dead ends just in North America.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have answers to this.

It’s Working!

One reason I created this blog was that I hoped it would help reconnect me with my mother’s relatives in Indiana.  I think the last contact my mother’s family had with their Indiana relatives was in the 1950s, at least 50 years ago.  In the 1970s my father refused to take my mother and me to visit her relatives in Indiana.  Since he could afford the trip, I thought it was very selfish of him.  I’ve always wanted to help my mother reconnect with her family there since I first began using genealogy messages boards on the Internet in 1995.

 

I may have accomplished that.  This past week I had a message left by a cousin with the Vandivier last name.  I called him the next night and we had a very enjoyable conversation.  He very kindly offered to share the information he had on the family’s ancestors.  Of course he wouldn”t know that I’d been researching the family since 1994 and amassed quite a lot of information myself.  He said his father should know who some of the people in the photos were.  That makes me very happy.  However, what I miss is knowing about my grandmother’s immediate family, the events that occurred and the stories told.  The only thing I know so far that there were bluegrass musicians in the family.  I hope more knowledge will be coming.

 

Aunt with Great Aunts

My Aunt Sue with her aunts Amnie and Opal

 

Grandmother with Siblings

My grandmother Mary Myrtle Vandivier with her siblings Amnie Vandivier Miller and Willie Vandivier