"I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well."
-Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Y'all

Y'all, I have tons of snapshots from our Memorial Day weekend at home and all the fun stuff we did, but I can't talk about any of that.  It'll have to wait because I'm currently totally obsessed with Ancestry.com.  For Drew's birthday I ordered us both DNA kits and the results came back last week.  Y'ALL!  I can't even.  I have tons of matches of people that are likely related to me in some way.  Cousins galore!  The short of it... my DNA tells me that I am 47% Irish.  I'm not surprised, given that my maiden name is McCarty, but I think it's super cool.  (Also, I can hear my Dad telling me that that just means I'm 53% Browers.  Lol) I reactivated my Ancestry.com account that I hadn't touched in years and now I can't stop.  There's so much to discover and I'm finding it nearly impossible to stay focused on one thing at a time.  I want to know it all!  I finally just picked a line and decided to follow it.  I know the least about my Grandma Whimpy's family (why was she so hush hush about her family history?! Why?!) and so I'm following that for now.  I'm currently to my 5th great grandfather, Harvey Birdsong.  He was a shoe maker and lived in Kentucky.  The 1820, 1830, 1840 census records not only keep count of family members, but ask about slaves.  I'm happy to see that Harvey's family had no slaves (or "free" colored people, since I'm pretty sure that didn't necessarily mean they were free), but I can't say if that's because he was morally committed to not owning human beings or if they were just poor.  Still, the information I'm gathering is fascinating.  Y'ALL.  I can't even.  The more I find the more hits that pop up and I'm in awe.  I only stopped to post this much because I found a 4th great aunt named Amanda.  Who knew?  Her name was Amanda Jane and they called her Mandy.  I had already decided that she was the coolest relative I have (Mandys of the family unite!) until I discovered that as of the 1870 census she was the only sibling (of 12!) that was still living at home with mom and dad.  Um, come on, Mandy.  Mid 20's and still living at home?  In a time when it seems that most women married and started having babies at 15, she was obviously the old maid of the family.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  There's not reason that I should need to know more about this woman, but now I suddenly need to know what happened to her.  Did she stay single and care for her parents her entire life (no shame there, care giving is in my blood)?  Did she ever marry?  What happened to Mandy Birdsong?  Are her great, great, great, great grandchildren living down the road from me and I don't even know it?  Y'all.  I need Eleanor to nap for hours and hours so I can continue this search.  I have to go.  Must keep discovering.