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Genie in the Ology

As some of you know, my wife is working on compiling our genealogy and spends hours tracking down distant relatives on both sides and knows a lot more than most of the family about it. Most of the people were respectable, hardworking folks like farmers and machinists along with other, more highfalutin folk, like professors and such.

Of course, then there’s Great-Uncle George, who was executed in the electric chair. Well, how would we describe him? Then we were fortunate enough to come up with this obituary, “Great-uncle George occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution, was attached to his position by the strongest of ties, and his death came as a great shock.”

Oh, come on, lighten up

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16 responses to “Genie in the Ology”

  1. Lydia Avatar

    I’m interested in all the genealogy stuff too! So neat to learn!

    1. Herb Avatar

      It is fascinating. It’s better to start looking into it at your age, though, if you can, while all the older people who have firsthand knowledge are still alive. It’s a lot harder now that they are gone. Interview them and take notes, or make videos of your conversations with them.

      1. Lydia Avatar

        Very true.

  2. Amber Avatar
    Amber

    highfalutin… Old good word. Nice story description of Uncle George..🤣

    1. Herb Avatar

      Yeah, old George provided some resistance but conducted himself well until the end.

  3. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

    Genealogy can be interesting.
    I wonder how many generations you could trace, sir.

    1. Herb Avatar

      My wife has traced my mom’s side back to the year 1618 in England.

      1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

        That is amazing.

        1. Herb Avatar

          She has really worked hard on it. She has her own family back that far, too. My biological father’s family is kind of hard to get kickstarted, but she keeps working on it.

          1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

            Do share how far back you get.

            1. Herb Avatar

              Okay. I had kind of planned on it. It’s an ongoing thing at this point.

              1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

                Luckily, in India, many of the religious places maintain genealogical records over an extremely long period of time. Also, it is tradition to remember the name of a famous person born in your family thousands of years ago, so it is easy here to trace your past.

                1. Herb Avatar

                  That’s really cool 👍. How interesting. So, (you might rather make a post on your blog than reply here) who is the famous person in your family and what did they do?

                  1. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

                    I don’t remember clearly. I think he was a saint in the extremely ancient era who did extreme penace and was united with the lord.

                    1. Herb Avatar

                      I don’t have anything like that, but I do have this. I wrote about this the first year I started my blog, https://blog.herbthiel.com/2004/10/27/herbert-e-thiel/

                    2. Ishaan Sharma Avatar

                      That is great to know.
                      I liked reading about your heritage.

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