I will be blogging about my ancestors and the migration paths taken by my direct line ancestry to arrive in Oklahoma around 1900. My ancestry appears to be 100 % European.

I welcome your comments on any posts, to question, define and/or extend our shared ancestry or to note consistent or conflicting facts or relationships pertaining to those ancestors.

My objective, that I hope you share, is the development of a family history documenting facts, relationships and stories with a high level of confidence in their accuracy. Only through open and constructive communication among family members will we be able to achieve that objective.

I found the following poem on the first page of an unpublished genealogy compiled by my maternal aunt Reva (Irey) (Atterbery) Abbott. Perhaps the posts and your comments will give immortality to our shared ancestors..

All things to nothingness descend

Grow old and die and meet their end;

Man dies, iron rusts, wood goes decayed,

Towers fall, walls crumble, roses fade —

Nor long shall any name resound

Beyond the grave, unless’t be found

In some clerks book: it is the pen

Gives immortality to men.

Master Wace in the “Rhymed Chronicles of the Norman Dukes”