[APG Public List] This message was for Linda Johnson. Somehow I goofed when I sent it and it bounced.

Craig Kilby persisto at live.com
Wed May 26 21:00:47 MDT 2010


This is exactly why I do not do "forensic" genealogy.


On May 26, 2010, at 10:56 PM, Jeanette Daniels wrote:

> Linda,
> I have something similar in my own pedigree 
> chart.  I suspect that my 2 great grandfather was a bigamist 
> because I find him with different women every 10 years with different 
> states for birth places, etc.  I believe I know where some of his 
> descendants live in Florida but I haven't had the nerve to contact them yet to get family 
> information. I have found that he faked his death with my 2 great 
> grandmother who lived the rest of her life as a widow with a small child and I found him getting married in the next county to a women with 
> several children and according to the census she would have been 5 
> months pregnant at the time of the marriage.  
>    Contacting them is on my to do list, but I want to make sure that I've looked at every 
> possible angle before stirring anything up.  Ethically, I know that 
> contacting these people will be a problem.  
>    Years ago I was 
> corresponding with a few of my relatives on my Stivender ancestors.  We 
> all worked together to trace the line successfully back to Austria to 
> the late 1300s.  It was a great!  But one person who contacted us to 
> help him with his own Stivender line turned out that he came through the "black sheep" line of the family.  We figured it out and I made the 
> mistake of letting him know over the phone.  He worked as an army 
> recruiter at the time and he was so excited when I called to let him 
> know that I had the connection for him, that he put his speaker phone on loud in a room with other recruiters and I gave him the news that his 
> branch of the family were recruited by the Loyalists and escaped from South Carolina to North Carolina and then moved to Texas (then Mexico) as fast as they could.  I had the trail from NC, to Georgia, through Louisiana, etc.  My distant relative had his pencil and paper ready for the 
> information and as I began and he   realized that his Stivender 
> ancestor was a Loyalist, he quickly turned off the speaker phone and 
> moved to another phone.  I gave him some of the information and he was 
> so deflated that he told me he didn't want to know anymore.    
> Jeanette Daniels
>    Heritage Genealogical College

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