I was looking at some old family photos today. These old photos are a great things to have. I feel like we know our ancestors a little better after studying them. Here are some of the Lord of the Manor's ancestors enjoying their first ice cream cone around 1900.
And here are my grand parents back in 1919. Look how tiny she was.
Here is another grandfather outside his log cabin with his prized possession.
I find genealogy very interesting and have created a few pages myself. The excellent parish records in Scotland make LOM's pretty easy to do. Mine is more difficult because my immigrant ancestors moved around a lot. But it's been years since I worked on it, so maybe with the increase of information on the internet, I should get back to it.
My dad recently gave me a family tree that my cousin has been working on. It says I'm related to English royalty. Yep, Catherine Howard, who lost her head at the Tower of London, was a distant cousin. Well, that's what it claims anyway. Ok, so maybe there are these two HUGE gaps. Like there is no real proof that the Matthew Arundel Howard that immigrated to Maryland in 1626 was actually the child of John Howard and Elizabeth Locke and born in Wardour Castle.
And further back, nobody REALLY knows if Lord Thomas Howard and Lady Margaret Douglas had any children together. See, she was the Henry VIII's granddaughter, and apparently the king didn't like Thomas and got a little miffed when he started wooing her. And so, like so many Howards before him, he lost his head at the White Tower. But I suppose Maggie COULD have been pregnant, and COULD have had a child, and COULD have secreted him away, and he COULD have grown up to be Sir Robert Howard of Brockdish.
Well, it's all very fascinating, but I don't think I'd better ring up the Queen for a cousinly chat just yet.
What does it really matter if your ancestors had titles? Does it make a difference now? I mean who really cares if we had Lords and Ladies and Knights and Dukes and Duchesses in our past. All I know is, I'm happy that I married the Lord of this Manor.