Work on my Ancestry tree continues to engage me. I am now in the 1400s in England, and in very tenuous territory. I have thousands of ancestors this far back and they in turn have thousands of descendants working on their family trees. Hence, I find hundreds of “hints” where others have been. Ancestry Identifies these hints with shakey leaves, and sends me messages proclaiming “they” have found new hints.
I find these hints often cannot be trusted. For example, one eager searcher attached a photo of Calvin Coolidge to his file. Another asked Why? The first replied, I don’t know, I’ll take it down.
I fear many people believe they will find an aristocrat or two in the family haystack. They are deluded by the plethora of crests attached to various files. Crests, my friend John W. says, are nothing but the symbol of the oppressive aristocrat they fled.
In reality, most of us are descended from:
1. agricultural laborers;
2. became tenant farmers (after the land clearances, closing of the Commons, and confiscation of land from the common people …. to build the huge landed estates of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries);
3. turned yeomen farmer citizens (after emigration from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, following the return to power of the Royalists, the so-called Restoration, and emigration to the “settler” colonies and the American Revolution).
Others come in the nineteenth century for similar reasons.
“Here once the embattled farmer stood and fired the shot heard round the world.” Concord Hymn ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
I for one am happy to find NO aristocratic ancestors. As horrible as it sounds, in my younger days, I would have admired a Madame du Farge sitting under the guillotine knitting while heads roll off. Well, perhaps not. But all of us who live in Republics with democratically elected officials have hot heads like Tom Paine to thank.
“The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.” ~Thomas Jefferson~
As annoyed as I become with large corporations,the runaway salaries of their executives, and the growing chasm between haves and have-nots, I keep remembering that many pensions are invested in the profits from these corporations. Teacher’s pensions, public servants pensions, etc.
Take a look at your 401K if you are lucky enough to have one.
Although I was a government worker, the bulk of my savings in my 401K were invested in the stock market all through the 1990s. Beginning in the 2000s, I moved my savings into government bonds. Fortunately, when the Great Recession hit, I had moved all of it into government bonds. When I retired, I moved those funds into IRAs with my local Credit Union. Yes, the return is small, but the capital is safe. I am a conservative investor.
I hate big banks. A friend of mine was the demographer for the Credit Union Association for years. He told me Big Banks were always trying to destroy the Credit Unions. They hate them because they cater to the little guys, like me. Credit Unions are competitors. Small but powerful, like embattled farmers. The kind of place Jimmy Stewart would work if he hadn’t been an Air Force general and a movie star. Maybe
She is the double white and she has a heavenly smell. From Malmaison, Josephine Napoleon’s famous Garden. Josephine’s garden so well loved, British Man-o-War ships let new roses destined for Josephine pass through their blockade of the French seaports. Like Josephine, she has a history.
The first rose of the year.