Friday, February 11, 2005

Few from the Mormons

My paternal -- Ball side -- granny liked genealogy and had a professional draw up a map 40 years ago. I checked out the Mormon site for another branch of the family a few days ago.

I am surprised how few Michaels there are in the many generations, dating back to the 1400s. It has long been such a common given name. Yet the Ball side is much heavier on Williams, Roberts, Josephs, and Jameses. Perhaps it's not such a curiosity that I met hundreds of Ball family relatives and others without meeting another Michael until I was middle aged.

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