Ancestors A Day In The Life Of

April 17, 2010 · Filed Under Genealogy Fun 


I know this might seem a bit silly but I thought I would write a post on this, as it could be fun for some and it sounded good at the time.

Last night, the missus, Liz and I started talking about family history and what some of our ancestors might have gone through. Somehow the conversation turned to “If you could go back in time, what 2 or 3 events in your ancestors’ past would you like to go back and see?” (OK it might have been the bourbon).

After much thought, Liz, only having just started researching her own family history, went with:

1. Parents wedding.
2. Grandparents wedding.
3. A day in the life of her great grandmother. Was she as hard a woman as she looked in an old photo.

Myself, I ended up with:

1. Seeing my father (passed 1990) play a game of rugby league back in the 60′s.
2. Being there when one of my convict ancestors was apparently “accidentally shot”.
3. Watching as my great great grandfather T. Laughton of Stockyard Creek (Foster) in September 1878, when he arranged for the schooner Gippslander to bring his hotel to Lakes Entrance. Were the drinkers still inside? Imagine the view!

If you could go back in time to your ancestor’s days, what 2 or 3 days would you choose?

The day one of your ancestors received a award or maybe the day when one of your ancestors “wasn’t in the area” of a certain crime? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.



9 Responses to “Ancestors A Day In The Life Of”

  1. mel on April 21st, 2010 7:36 am

    this would be fun to do but i havent had a thought of it yet


  2. jj-momscashblog on April 21st, 2010 7:12 pm

    I don't think this is a silly idea at all. I love it! I would like to talk to my father who passed away when I was 4years old, what it was like the day he was in the Army at Pearl Harbor the day the Japanese hit Hawaii. BTW he did not come to any harm during that attack. I would also like to talk to my maternal grandfather about what was it like to be a policeman in the Bronx back in the later part of 1800's early 1900's. There's a lot of others I can think of, but those are my most thought about. Thanks for a great post. jj


  3. Warren Contreras on April 22nd, 2010 5:34 am

    I would like to go back and see my ancestor Lady Godiva make that famous ride. No really, she is in my tree.


  4. The Mad Genealogist on April 22nd, 2010 10:23 pm

    Hi Mel

    Thanks for the visit. For me it was hard at first as well.


  5. The Mad Genealogist on April 22nd, 2010 10:27 pm

    Hi JJ

    First let me say that I am sorry to hear you lost your father so early.Pearl Harbour would have been scary. Imagine life in the Bronx in the late 1800's early 1900's. Your grandfather would have some great stories.


  6. The Mad Genealogist on April 22nd, 2010 10:31 pm

    Howdy Warren

    Thanks for your input.

    I would love to hear more about your connection to Lady Godiva. Would you be interested in writing a guest post.


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  8. jj-momscashblog on April 30th, 2010 12:47 am

    I would also love to hear about Warren's ancestor Lady Godiva,,,it would be very interesting. I think this was a very interesting post and the idea of who you would want to talk to or ask questions of that have long been past has the making of a great stories…hey maybe a movie!


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