Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Meine Damen und Herren, Senores y Senoras! We proudly present the 31st, and one of the most interesting editions of the Carnival of Genealogy! The topic is Confirm or Debunk: Family Myths, Legends, and Lore. Several writers submitted two posts! So let's go see what's on the midway!
In booth #1, Bill West presents West in New England: JOHN AMES(EAMES) AND LYDIA PHELPS posted at West in New England, in which he tries to learn the truth about an ancestor. Thanks, Bill!
Jessica Oswalt has booth #2, called Family Myths and Traditions - Confirmed, Disproved or Unconfirmed, posted at Jessica's Genejournal, describing some the stories she's trying to confirm. Good luck, Jessica, and thanks for sharing!
Janice Brown's New Hampshire Genealogy: The Legend of the Irish Drummer Boy posted at Cow Hampshire, sorts out the story of her great-grandfather. Great job, Janice!
Booth #4 belongs to Tim Abbott, presenting One Of Us Went South: A Confederate Brigadier from New Jersey posted at Walking the Berkshires. It's an unusual story from the Civil War. Thanks for sharing, it Tim.
Becky Wiseman has a double presentation in Armenian Ancestors? posted here at kinexxions; and Michael and Christenia Fisher - Immigrant Ancestors posted at here, also at kinexxions. She debunks a family story of possible Armenian ancestry and sorts through another ancestral family's origins. Your posts are always good, Becky, and these are no exceptions.
And for the first time (I think), we have cousins playing in the Carnival! In booth #7, Terry Thornton presents Shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Let's not talk about this . . . posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, in which he breaks through a family's wall of silence.
Then, in booth #8, Terry's cousin, Lori Thornton debunks her family's executive privilege in Related to President Zachary Taylor or Not? posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian.
Terry and Lori, we look forward to your further collaboration!
John Newmark's Family Myths: More on the Dudelsacks posted at Transylvanian Dutch, illustrates John's research in getting to the bottom of an inaccurate family story.
Steve Danko presents The Biography of Katarzyna Dańkoin booth #10, posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog.Steve tells a compelling and tragic story from World War II. What a great tale, Steve! Hopefully, you will learn more about this and be able to pass this story through the coming generations.
Denise Olson gives us a two-fer in booths 11 & 12. Pirate Gold! posted at Moultrie Creek, is a funny story about what happens when a legend gets out of hand. Denise's The Episcopalian Levys, posted here at Moultrie Creek, debunks a myth, but tells another interesting story. As usual, a couple of great presentations. Thanks, Denise!
Ken Spangler presents Truth or Fiction, Family Stories Abound! posted at Beyond Fiction, in which he muses about some improbable-sounding family stories. Thanks for sharing, Ken, and definitely don't be afraid to tell those stories.
In booths 14 & 15, Randy Seaver has a double feature. In Family Myths and Stories posted at Genea-Musings, he examines several family myths and stories. And in More Family Stories (or Myths?) posted here at Genea-Musings, Randy gives us the truth about several of his ancestors whom we've come to know through his regular posts. Thanks for rounding out these stories, Randy.
Sidhusaaheb, a Carnival newcomer, presents Pakistan Visit (part 4) posted at I, Me, Myself. Thanks for joining us and please come back again!
Miriam Robbins Midkiff has booth #17, presenting another of her great "ancestories." This one's called The Legend of Joseph Josiah ROBBINS and she sorts out a Civil War tale of a father and son. It's posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.
Your Carnival host, Craig Manson, occupies booths 18 & 19. In Confirming & Debunking Family Myths, Legends and Lore posted at GeneaBlogie, I look briefly at six family myths. And in Debunking A Family Myth, I tell how I learned the true story behind the biggest myth in my father's family. It's posted here at GeneaBlogie.
Jasia, our Carnie Queen, is set up in booth #20 where she presents Did He or Didn't He? Inquiring Minds Want to Know... . Just how did her grandfather travel across the ocean? Check out the story at Creative Gene. Another interesting story of your family, Jasia! Thanks for sharing and thanks for all you've done to make this event what is today.
Booth #21 is leased by footnoteMaven who presents The Tale Is Here To Tell. Posted at footnoteMaven, it's the story of how her great-grandfather Isaac saved his own life, but at the same time, p***ed off his wife.
And at the end of the midway, but a stellar presentation, Susan Kitchens gives NOT from the Isle of the Lewes posted at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools [News]. Susan says: "Sometimes you look up a name on a list and you decide, 'Yup. That's me. That's us.' And long before the confirmation comes back, saying, um, no it's *not*, you plunge in and get involved. That's what my Dad did with his "Scottish" heritage (um, mythical)."
Thanks to all the carnies for a great show!
The theme for the next Carnival of Genealogy ties in with a noteworthy documentary coming September 23 to PBS -- "The War," by Ken Burns. "The War" tells the story of World War II through the lives of ordinary men and women from four American cities. For the mid-September Carnival, tell any story about a wartime event or soldier in your family (no need to limit it to World War II or America). The deadline is September 15. The Carnival will be hosted by Susan Kitchens at Family Oral History Using Digital Tools.