I’m sure every genealogist has heard some rather unbelievable family stories over the years. But before you are ready to throw them out, examine them once again to see if there could be some truth lurking behind the fantastic stories! A prime example on my dad’s side of the family – my aunt always asserted that we were related to Billy the Kid. Aunt Catherine could never give me more details than that one simple fact. She did know the story came from her dad’s side of the family. I smiled politely and listened – then dismissed the notion as nonsense. Wasn’t I surprised years later to find the name of Pap’s great-grandmother – Arena Kidd! She married Tillotson Ross. They named their son William, probably called him Billy.
As stories are handed down from generation to generation they get turned around a bit, a little embellishment added here and there. But if you look closely enough there’s generally a kernel of truth hidden somewhere in the middle! And it sometimes turns out to be a gem!
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