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If the Dukes Could Have Tweeted

Looking for family history will be so different 200 years from now. People won’t have to wonder about their ancestors – they’ll actually be overwhelmed with information – probably a lot of which they’d rather not know! (Imagine finding your great great grandfather’s subscription to an Internet porn site or your long-lost aunt’s embarrassing online obsession with the Jonas Brothers).

But I can’t help wishing the Dukes had been able to leave something behind for us. Imagine their Twitter accounts or Facebook pages! And if they had written blogs? Well, it would make this whole thing a LOT easier!

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Two New Dukes

I just finished an entry on “Disgraced Deacon Duke” of New York, started pages for 2 new Dukes that I have to track down, and made a note to make a page for Duke Compton who ran the trams in San Francisco when I got an email from mum with a new Duke and an intriguing possible connection to my gt. gt. gt. grandfather.

I do wish I didn’t have to work tomorrow! Chasing all this down would be much more interesting. (Just how many Dukes are there anyway?)

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Which Lead to Follow First?

Having decided to track down Duke Ormsbys wherever they may appear, I’ve spent the day happily immersed in Google searches. Each search leads to something new and interesting and I’m afraid I’m going to forget it all. I’m easily distracted anyway, so after a few clicks, I’ve forgotten where I started.

So today I started a Word document that I’m using just to make notes on things I need to follow up on later. Every thread leads to 10 more threads of course, but the bottom line is this – Duke is a weird first name and our family has TONS of them. And my great great great grandfather (I think that’s right) was called Duke. So we have to be related to the other Dukes at some point. And even if we’re not, how interesting will it be to track down different people in different parts of the world at different times living vastly different lives, all connected by the same weird name?

I stopped smoking 6 years ago. I stopped eating fun foods when I decided to lose weight and I stopped drinking wine when I realized I wasn’t losing weight fast enough. Lord knows I need something to do now!

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