BBC Radio 4 – Tracing Your Roots (Myths and Truths)

9 Sep

The latest edition of Tracing Your Roots from BBC Radio 4 (available via podcast for a limited time) was about family myths and legends. There were four very brief examples, with a short discussion on how each of the stories could be proved or disproved.

This got me thinking about my own family myths and legends and the fact that I don’t appear to have any in my family tree.

I have tried to remember if I was ever told any stories as a child or whether there was anything I wanted to try and prove when I started my research, but I don’t think there ever was. No criminals amongst my ancestors, no stories of relations moving to far off lands and making their fortune, no missing millions waiting to be discovered and I didn’t think I might have been descended from the illegitimate child of some distant King or Queen.

Plenty of mysteries and puzzles have turned up since I started researching, like why did my grandfather end up at school in London, but nothing actually from the start that I wanted to prove or made me start researching my family tree.

I suppose there is only one myth that I had and that was one that I created soon after I started researching. I rather foolishly believed that my ancestors and relations were not very interesting and never did anything unusual. How wrong could I be!

Was there a particular family story that you wanted to prove that got you started in family history research, or was it just general curiosity?

4 Responses to “BBC Radio 4 – Tracing Your Roots (Myths and Truths)”

  1. poisonkitty September 11, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Apparently one of my ancestors was involved in founding Everton Football Club, and another was “Irish Royalty”, but havent found anything about either of them yet!

    Great blog btw😀

    • John Gasson September 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, glad you like the blog. Certainly sounds like a couple of interesting ancestors, I hope the stories are true!

  2. beingmaisie September 19, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    Hi John,
    I was lucky enough to appear on Tracing Your Roots in 2008 as my grandfather had written a small account of a journey to russia at the end of WW1 with Ernest Shackleton. It was a fantastic experience.


  3. John Gasson September 19, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    Sounds like fun and an interesting story. I think I must have missed that one.

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