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New I, too, am largely disinterested in ancestry.
In the sixth grade (I was age 11) I was given an assignment to "build your family tree" and instructed to ask my family about it. Most in my class went as far back as Great-Grandparents. But, with Scot roots, my father's side of the family in North Carolina was all about ancestry - still are today only perhaps worse. Knowing this, I called a Great Aunt and she was able to recite my lineage (from memory, no less!) all the way back to my Great Grandfather's Great Grandfather who had immigrated from Northern Ireland to the United States in the 1750's. Needless to say my sixth grade teacher was mightily impressed with my tree. In my case it was a trivial thing to trace back to the one person responsible for 1/2 of my being. All that was required was to receive an assignment and spend 20 minutes or so on the phone with a Great Aunt.

I say all that here to make clear that my tracing back to the one required virtually no sleuthing and I should not be granted credit for it. I should also note, in the way of a tribute to my late Aunt, that I was able to confirm everything she told me all those years ago from Moffat Clan registries.

It's mourning in America again.
New I've never understood that sentiment
I know that it exists, and some people do care deeply, but it makes no sense to me.

I'm sure some of them would explain it's because I have no ancestors to be proud of, but taking pride in the accomplishments of someone who died before you were born seems like stealing honor.

New Heh.
Tell that to the Scots. For example, http://clanmoffat.org/

It's mourning in America again.
New I know better

New Yeah, it's stupid
I got gypsies, horse thieves, and nobel winners up the line. All meaningless.
New Some cultures place great stock in remembering.
Scots are one of them.

I'm told that my mother's aunt once traces her line back to Rob Roy MacGregor (who, yes, really existed) and that that was not too difficult to do, either. And from there it is purported to be possible to trace ancestry back to the mid 800s AD!

New mine goes back to the book of fines, long before the domesday book
cattle reaving and mayhem if I remember
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New My wife's uncle was that way.
The surname is Gibbes and he traced it back to England via the Caribbean and unto the South Carolina in early 1700's.

So, my wife qualifies to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New But on my father's side...
... the trail goes cold in England where we know my grandfather's great grandfather hailed from. We think that a lot of the required records were destroyed in WWII. Also perhaps there was a name change.

     Paris to Pittsburgh. - (mmoffitt) - (24)
         Nicely done! -NT - (a6l6e6x)
         looks like a good gig, beats climbing radio masts -NT - (boxley) - (7)
             I'd climb a radio mast - (drook) - (6)
                 ya, well when it is lit up you better have tin foil over your private parts -NT - (boxley)
                 I roomed with a cell tower repair guy - (crazy) - (4)
                     Smart. Not much chance of being caught sleeping on the job. - (drook) - (3)
                         This may be self-adjusting; - (Ashton) - (1)
                             Speaking of unUsual tendencies - (drook)
                         Dunno - (crazy)
         Another shameless shout-out from my daughter. - (mmoffitt) - (14)
             Your clan.. it is Everywhere.. - (Ashton) - (12)
                 Re: Moffat. Not sure about the entire clan, but I know why my family spells it with an "i". - (mmoffitt) - (11)
                     Maybe if I'd watched the whole thing I'd understand this, but what's with the quote marks? -NT - (drook)
                     Amazing confluence ..zeroing-in on one person! - (Ashton) - (9)
                         I, too, am largely disinterested in ancestry. - (mmoffitt) - (8)
                             I've never understood that sentiment - (drook) - (3)
                                 Heh. - (mmoffitt) - (1)
                                     I know better -NT - (drook)
                                 Yeah, it's stupid - (crazy)
                             Some cultures place great stock in remembering. - (static) - (3)
                                 mine goes back to the book of fines, long before the domesday book - (boxley)
                                 My wife's uncle was that way. - (a6l6e6x)
                                 But on my father's side... - (static)
             Yep! And how do you suppose grandchilderen make you feel? :) -NT - (a6l6e6x)

drook is not your Guinea pig.
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