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MONDAY MUSINGS: My grandfather died at the age of three?

confusionThese are some actual letters to the LDS Family History Department requesting genealogy information

  • “Our 2nd great grandfather was found dead crossing the plains in the library. He was married 3 times in the endowment house and has 21 children. He and his daughter are listed as not being born.’
  • “I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.”
  • “Will you send me a list of all the Dripps in your library?”
  • “My Grandfather died at the age of 3.”



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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Beamon Bryson

    The trouble with most genealogy sites is that they depend on the mormon database and they allow anyone to put in their two cents worth without verifying. I’ve found children older than their parents…on several family trees.

  2. Mike Prater

    Too funny, but then again, if you are really interested in gathering names of people to ‘baptize’ into your faith after their death , what does accuracy matter?

    1. Beamon Bryson

      Seems like it doesn’t matter at all. I have wondered what they get out of all the additions of dead people.

    2. Cindy Branum Blinn

      Beamon, they baptize them

  3. Arlee McCoy

    The first rule in genealogy is verify! My grandfather’s name was Leander or Leeander or Lee Ander. He was named for an uncle Leander. In the census he is Leonard and in the next Lee Andrew. Now it is all over that his name was Leonard Andrew! No way to convince them. I’ve tried.

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