Saturday, October 22, 2011

We Can't Choose Our Ancestors!

Genealogy is something that I became more interested in as I grew older. Maybe it's something about perspective, I don't know, but I suddenly started wondering why I never asked questions about those who came before me. Not that my parents didn't talk about relatives. My mother, especially, talked frequently about some of her family. But now that I have decided to try to make sense of this information, I find that there are gaps. For my mother, it was always the same stories told in the same way. My father actually sat down one day and just typed the names of as many relatives as he could think of. Whether I will be able to make an actual family tree out of this, I don't know. My parents are gone so all I have is all I have. Now that we can go online and get more information, a new world has opened up. But still, the farther back I go, the more difficult it becomes. I did have some recent success with my husband's family, and this was interesting. No one in the immediate family knew much. However, they did have a few starting points (one was a marriage certificate and another was a basic family tree.) From there, I went on and discovered some very surprising things.

I had written "Dangerous Inheritance" before doing this family research, but oddly enough, it also is about a surprise and it affects three cousins. In my own case, there is, unfortunatley, no inheritance to discover, but what if there was? What if finding your ancestor or ancestors changed what you knew about yourself and your parents? These are some of the questions asked in this story. I hope the reader enjoys this little exploration of ancestry.

This ebook, "Dangerous Inheritance," will be available on http://smashwords.com/ and eventually on Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.

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