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Subject: Some things never change
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2005 03:16:36 EST
This was sent to me by someone on another list, I thought I'd pass it on.
Happy New Year to all
NEWS FLASH. 1852 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS SOLVE GENEALOGICAL MYSTERIES.
> It is New Year's Eve 1852 and Henry HYDENWELL sits at his desk by
> candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to writes his New
> Year's resolutions.
> 1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name at
> least three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give
> the appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.
> 2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same
> names that my ancestors have used for six generations in a row.
> 3. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never
> list the same age or birth year twice on any document.
> 4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different
> church -- either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every
> third child will not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an
> itinerant minister who keeps no records.
> 5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least
> once every 10 years -- just before those pesky enumerators come around
> asking silly questions.
> 6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no
> vital records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every
> few years.
> 7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in
> record keeping or in participating in military service.
> 8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen, which
> has been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink.
> 9. I resolve that if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marry
> another Mary.
> 10. I resolve not to make a will. Who needs to spend money on a lawyer