Will make several pages first page is just a fun one Just click on a name on the left to go to family trees main line is in blue

Harris          Service Men
Blevins        Clifton

      You And Yours
         you have
        8___great grandparents
       16___2nd great grandparents
       32___3rd great grandparents
       64___4th great grandparents
      128___5th great grandparents
      256___6th great grandparents
      512___7th great grandparents
    1,024___8th great grandparents
    2,048___9th great grandparents
    4,096___10th great grandparents
    8,192___11th great grandparents
   16,384___12th great grandparents
   32,768___13th great grandparents  
   65,536___14th great grandparents
  131,072___15th great grandparents
  262,144___16th great grandparents
  524,288___17th great grandparents
1,028,576___18th great grandparents
2,097,152___19th great grandparents
4,194,304___20th great grandparents

Then there are those cousins

On the twelfth day of Christmas 
My true love gave to me, 
Twelve census searches, 
Eleven Printer ribbons, 
Ten e-mail contacts, 
Nine headstone rubbings, 
Eight birth and death dates, 
Seven town clerks sighing, 
Six second cousins, 
Five coats of arms, 
Four GEDCOM files, 
Three old wills, 
And a Branch in my Family Tree. 

Phonetic spelling When you read this you will wonder how anyone's forbears were ever listed correctly in the census: "Ocupyshien-census taker. I am a census taker for the city of bufflow. Our city has groan very fast in recent years and now in 1865m it has become hard and time consuming to count all the peephill. there is not many that can do this work, as it is necessarie to have an ejucashun, wich a lot person stil do not have. Anuther atribert for this job is good spellin, for many of the peephill to be counted can hardle speek inglish le alon spel there naames."

If you could see your ancestors

If you could see your ancestors All standing in a row Would you be proud of them or not? Or don't you really know? Some strange discoveries are made in climbing family trees. And some of them,you know, do not particularly please. If you could see your ancestors All standing in a row There might be some of them perhaps You shouldn't care to know But here's another question Which requires a different view If you could meet your ancestors Would they be proud of you?

The Census Taker's Home Well, I'm surely glad to be home, that I am. I tell you another day like this one and I am good mind just to fill them papers out on memory and be done with it. Here, put these socks over there next to the fire to dry out, will you? Got down yonder this mornin' and everyone in Household 451 through 486 was gone. Some big shindig goin' on down there. Good thing the folks in 441 could tell me who they all was. Here, reckon you could go over some of the writin' on this here page? Got smeared a bit in the rain. I think you can 'cipher most of it out. Then them folks down in the holler got suspicious over a census. Said, and derned if they had a point, what difference did it make who they was? Was them guvment folks up in Warshington going to come down here to say howdy do? So they finally let me write down they last name and first initial, but I think they wuz havin' a bit of fun with me when they listed who lived in the house. Saw some winkin' goin' on and I believe I got the same house a youngins in two or three places. It been a day, woman. Honey, git that paper out of Johnny's mouth, wil ya? I worked all day on that thing, and no call to let him go chewin' it up. Went up the river a piece and tried to get that done 'fore it come a downpour, but run into trouble there, too. Ole Man Jenkins' cur dog run me off and I tell you, ain't no call to get eat up over such a thing as this. They ort to be a limit what a man does for his country. Was lucky a man down the road mostly knew Jenkins was nigh on sixty years old and was living there with his woman and five youngins from his first marriage plus a passel from the second. We give em good Christian names. Best be doin' something 'bout this pen. It give out on me halfway through. See you havin' trouble, too. Johnny! Hand that here, boy! And I tell you I would ruther fight grandpap's British than mess with that feller out on the ridge. He got out his shotgun soon as he seen me comin' and I went t'other direction. Had Jones tell me about him instead, and he didn't rightly know the feller's first name. Said they called him "Squirrel", and it was ok just to put that cause wasn't nobody around here claimin' him no how, and they for sure didn't want the guvment knowin' there was any relationship. That coffee done? Then got over to Smiths, and ole Hoss was in a nervous fit so wasn't no getting information there. His woman havin' another youngin and he looked like he could run right through me when I went to askin' how many youngins he had now. Hightailed it out of there, and Miz Hart helped me straighten that household out. Think we got most of the names straight, and as he has had a youngin a year for the last ten, ages purty close too. Now look what Johnny went and done! I tell you, next time this come around I ain't gonna be no where in sight. Farmin's a heap easier, and I figger they're folks 'round here what can read and write and 'cipher and ain't no good fer nothing else we can spare for this foolishness. Pass me another 'tater, will you?" Copyright =A92000 Jan Philpot

©..... W. Edwin Harris