Piecing together the family tree is not to connect to the living, but with those who have come before me. My father's side of the family has always been englulfed in rumors about pirates, cowboys, the Iroquois Tribe of NY, heroes of the American Revolution, etc., and it's always been one of my...interests to rule out the fact from the fiction. So, being able to look at the handwritten notes from my great-grandmother has been a tremendous peek into my past. However, she wasn't very detail-oriented.
In fact, here's a direct quote from her notes:
"My Great, Great Grandmother Moore was a Johnston, her father's father was the Great General Johnston of the Revolution Fame 1717."
I thought that General Johnston would be an easy person to research, but the only General Johnston I could find on the internet was from the Civil War Era and not the Revolutionary War. So, was my great-grandmother losing it by then and misconstruing facts?? But, she clearly noted a year of 1717...long before the Civil War. Curious, very curious!!
It's a great mystery and a fascinating puzzle to me. I really want to know if there are any historical relatives out there...not for gold-digging purposes but because it's a link of history I can eventually pass down to my son.
I also want to find the link to Scotland, just to be sure I'm looking at the right clan colors. I'd hate to find out all these years, I've been assuming it's Melville when it's really Carpenter or Moore or something else entirely.
So, I hope that clarifies my interest. I don't want more distant relatives...just the deceased ones! They're quiet.