Family Tree

No notables to speak of in my family tree (that I know of, anyway), but the nudge did remind of something I got via email not too long ago.  I thought it was pretty funny, and it goes well with today’s nudge, so here ya go…

You are working on your family genealogy and for sake of example, let’s say that your great-great uncle, Remus Starr, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

A cousin has supplied you with the only known photograph of Remus, showing him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture are the words:

“Remus Starr: Horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison, 1885. Escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged, 1889.”

Pretty grim situation, right? But let’s revise things a bit.

We simply crop the picture, scan in an enlarged image, and edit it with image processing software so that all that is seen is a head shot.

Next, we rewrite the text:Horse Thief Hanging

“Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory.

His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.

“Beginning in 1885, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

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You are working on your family genealogy and for sake of example, let’s say that your great-great uncle, Remus Starr, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

A cousin has supplied you with the only known photograph of Remus, showing him standing on the gallows. On the back of the picture are the words:

“Remus Starr: Horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison, 1885. Escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged, 1889.”

Pretty grim situation, right? But let’s revise things a bit.

We simply crop the picture, scan in an enlarged image, and edit it with image processing software so that all that is seen is a head shot.

Next, we rewrite the text:

“Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory.

His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.

“Beginning in 1885, he devoted several years of his life to service at a government facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

#family-tree, #nudge

Other than the great patriarch Noah, the…

Other than the great patriarch Noah, there is no one of significance that I can prove I am related to!

#family-tree, #noah

Daily Nudge: family tree notables

Got any notable characters in your family tree? Famous, or infamous? Scientists, mad or not? Inventors or explorers?Since guilt and sin are not inherited, you can even mention a horse thief or a bank robber, if you must.

We all probably have some notable ones that we actually know, but let’s not talk about the living. Go up (or is it down?) the tree and find an interesting character to share with us.

No matter our family tree, we can choose what to be today. History has brought us thus far, but we make our own choices. So the family tree notables can be a fun thing, not a reason for shame or for pride.

Pic from old-picture.com.

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