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Pierce Ancestry

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I've been telling several people for a while now that I wanted to put some of my genealogical research on my blog, but I never managed to get around to it, and it kept getting pushed to the bottom of things I wanted to blog about. Well, here's some of it. I was looking around for information on my ancestry, because we've long known about the last ten generations, but we never were able to get further back than the Pierce who came to this country ten generations back who we knew had been born in England. A while back, I found a site that did take his ancestry back quite a ways, and there were all sorts of surprises.

I should say one thing before I get into the details of all that. I place no significance in having certain people as ancestors. I don't think I have any reason to be proud of ancestors who were famous or who were wonderful people, and I don't think I have any reason to be ashamed of ancestors who were really awful people. These are people whose genetic heritage was passed on to me, and some of the people I could trace back to really surprised me, but I don't think this has any significance other than just curiosity about my forebears. But several family members have been wondering about what I came up with, so I wanted to put it all together online in one place, and here it is.

I can't resist linking to "Follower of Jesus" or "Christian"? by Danny Pierce. I happen to share a last name and a couple great-grandparents with Danny (i.e. he's my second cousin), but I'm not sure if we've ever met in person. I think we have, and he thinks we haven't, but even if we did it would have been more than a decade ago. But read his post. Can't you imagine me having written that post? When I read it, I kept thinking his style of argument and way of framing his conclusions sounded so much like my own style of argument and way of framing conclusions. Suffice it to say that I think it's a great post and well worth reading.

Update: See Danny's response to this post. Even his humor is along the same lines as mine. I am indeed his mother's mother-in-law's brother-in-law's grandson, as he is mine.

Genealogy Puzzle

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My mom forwarded me this article about my dad's cousin selling his small utility company and retiring. His name is Tom Pierce. There's a funny account in there about how he had to run around a pole to get a dog tangled up so he could do his work, but that's not why I'm posting this. I had to do a double-take while reading the article. It mentions Tom's great-grandfather's name as Edward Pierce. That struck me as strange, because there's no Edward Pierce in my ancestry in the last ten generations. But Tom Pierce is my dad's cousin, and this is that same Tom Pierce and not someone else with the same name. Then I remembered something. What could I have remembered that would have made it all make sense? There are several possible answers consistent with the information I've given, but only one of them is the right answer in this case.

Note: Family members are not allowed to answer (except by email). I want to see if anyone comes up with this on their own.

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