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Well put, Martin. I find that my interest ebbs and flows. I suspect that's true for many of us, especially when the tedium to discovery ratio becomes too large after many years of research. Thank you for another insightful post.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2015 on Law of Diminishing Returns at The Slovak Yankee
I may be the exception to the rule, at least with respect to Mayflower descents. As far as I know, I only descend from Edward Fuller, but I do descend from him three different ways. I agree that the more typical pattern is a cluster of descents resulting from intermarriage among descendants. In my case, the descendants kept choosing to marry their cousins.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2015 on Magna Carta Wrap-Up at The Slovak Yankee
Yes, I also consider this line not proven, but pretty darned likely, and a tribute to the late Mr. Kirk, the awesome intellect who worked out the circumstantial Whitgift to Dymoke connection. Not to get too far off-track (and I hope I'm not preempting a future post here), but I seem to recall some questioning of the Marmion line as well. Neil Thompson's scathing review of Threlfall's Bradbury book suggests some doubt based on the wording of a document written in Latin (if I recall correctly, whether a certain phrasing meant "predecessor in title to land" or "ancestor"), and suggested that Robert Charles Anderson would be publishing on this issue, but I don't think anything has appeared in print and it's been, like, 20 years. Do you know anything more about this brouhaha?
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2015 on Robert de Ros ca. 1170-1226 at The Slovak Yankee
Isn't he also a (likely) ancestor of your ancestor Thomas Bradbury?
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Robert de Ros ca. 1170-1226 at The Slovak Yankee
Absolutely true, Martin, although I would argue that there some decisions are more arbitrary than others (for example, an identification based on DNA evidence and a strong paper trail is less a stretch than a "name's the same" identification). Reminds me of an earlier "genealogical rule" of yours to which I have yet to find an exception: All genealogical brickwalls arise, one way or another, from family dysfunction. That has proven true in my experience, at least with respect to genealogy in the modern era in areas where genealogically useful records are generally available.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2015 on All Genealogy is Arbitrary at The Slovak Yankee
Another shared set of ancestors (just a single line for me, from Thomas and Elizabeth, your generation 2). Do I recall correctly that George Andrews Moriarty made an attempt to trace the Felbrigge ancestry further back? Dave
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So many ancestors, so little time...;) I also see we share the Lester family of Connecticut, and you share John Clough with my wife (and now I recall that you two are also both descended from Thomas Bradbury, who hasn't made it to the blog yet). Somehow I've managed to miss all your fancy royal connections, though! Dave
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2015 on What am I doing? at The Slovak Yankee
Hi Martin, I was checking some bookmarked pages that I haven't visited in a while and was delighted to see you resumed blogging some time ago. So far I've found one mutual ancestor (John Elderkin), as well as one you share with my wife (Robert Clements), but I'm enjoying scrolling through all the sketches. Best regards, Dave Morehouse
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2015 on What am I doing? at The Slovak Yankee
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