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Updated March 14, 2006

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DON'T CALL ME CONFUSED!

When I started to search my family tree, I had no idea just how complicated it could be. I thought that things were about to change but what I learned was very strange.

Now I find that the grandparents of my father both somehow had the same grandfather! On my father's sid, the second page - reveals his grandma was his father's age!

I decided to try my mother's group, but it really threw me for a loop! We learned that the father of my grandpa had married the mother of my grandma.

So, now my grandpa's mother-in-law and my grandma's father-in-law were also my grandpa's step-mother and my grandma's step-father.

My grandpa had three half-sisters, my grandma had two half sisters. They each had one half-brother that did not have the same mother.

When grandma's mother and grandpa's father decided to have two daughters, it meant that two of grandpa's sisters were also my grandma''s sisters.

The eighteen children born to my grandma were also born to my grandpa; so does she call him her step-brother, husband or her children's father?

Perhaps I should start with my family, it should be less confusing to me. My parents were blessed with six daughters, which had five sons and ten daughters.

Now, these six girls married fourteen men, which added five ste-grandchildren. Six of these grandchildren are grown and have twelve children of their own.

We just went from two to fifty-three in two verses, and I have just begun this tree. My father came from a family of ten who were raised on a farm in MO near Winston.

My mother was from the family of twenty who seemed to move around plenty. Children were born throughout this state and some we cannot be sur of a date.

As I venture backward to where I began, I am finding that we have quite a clan! Already we have been able to locate grandchildren totalling seventy.

Just when I thought that I had it straight, someone wanted to include the greats! Oh my, did this turn into a challenge? (I believe some were out for revenge!)

We searched far and wide for descendants and after headaches, puffs and pants, we decided that this group can multiply much quicker than our ink can dry!

Gathering data on the Rhoades lines would be great, with the reunion approaching in June of '98. So, we focused our thoughts to the names on the list and struggled to locate any that we had missed!

We gathered our notes on Henry and Mary from then on things became quite scary! The original eighteen had 27 spouses and lived in ten times that many houses!

After searching high and low, through thick and thin, we decided that we could really never win. Counting cousins proved to be quite a chore, each time we tallied, we found some more!

We counted the eighteen, theri spouses and children, then their children's spouses and the grandchildren. At last tally, we learned the number of days in an entire year!

Now, with determination and a strong will, (we thought that we had manstered this skill). Our journey into the past generations began. The tree became so twisted, it took off and ran!

We looked at each other in total surprise then after the tears and several deep sighs; we raked up the leaves the tree left behind and set out, our ancestors to find.

Our roots are strong and tangled indeed, we learned that there is one thing which we need: cooperation from the whole family or we will never find that darned tree!

 
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