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Lost Information No Backup

Date: Sunday, 28 January 2007, at 7:10 p.m. (views: 63)

I am hurting here. During the holidays, my sister's ex-daughter-in-law visited us with her daughter, my sister's grandchild. I bled them for all the information I could get. It turns out that the information I had in my PAF files was incorrect. The additional information I received is what I used to correct my files.

My sister's granddaughter, who is now in college, was required to do a family history in her SPANISH CLASS. She tried valiantly to remember the information she had to translate into Spanish.

I did get a lot of names, and learned, from a different perspective, that peoples of West Indian [and probably other] heritage have given names as well as names by which they are known in their hometowns. For example, I have a neighbor named 'Susie, but her given name is 'Beverly'.

This has taught me a lot about dealing witih ancestors of a different heritage than my own. Here, in the U.S., I am accustomed to 'nicknames', but they generally bear some relationship to the actual person. For example, 'Popeye' designated a person with big eyes here in the U.S. My uncle Bay Boy' was so-named because of his coloring.

All of this being said, I am in misery because somehow or another, I failed to properly save the information I gathered from my sister's ex-daughter-in-law and my sister's grandchild. Now, I have to try to suss this information out all over again. Please cry for me. I can't tell you how hard it was to get it in the first place. It took some time because they were living in the present, not giving thought to the past or the facts of that past. I think you can understand this statement. [What is 'Uncle Bubba's' real name? I don't know. I always call him 'Uncle Bubba', etc.]

Looking for sympathy, Spivey


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