FAMILY STORIES AND MYTHS
Proving or Debunking Them
Written and Copyrighted by Alice L. Luckhardt
A Smashwords Edition in 2009
Probably most everyone at some time in their lives has heard stories told by family members of ancestors who either met a famous person, accomplished some great feat, was a war hero, invented a time saving device or somehow brought honor and glory to the family name. There may also have been a few tales of the “black sheep” of the family who even had a shady past or reputation. As a rule these accounts were handed down over the generations by word of mouth and so can be unintentionally twisted, changed or modified by the time the current generation listens to the story. Most of the time the narratives were taken as the absolute truth just because it was grandmother who told the legend and she would certainly have known the facts, even if the event occurred over a hundred years prior to her birth.
With so many individuals interested in genealogy, these varied family legends are being better researched and the truth is finally being learned, sometimes disproving the story completely. It may be discovered that some have a basis in truth, but have been misconstrued over the years while others have no facts to support the story at all. But the one thing they all have in common is that they make for very interesting family tales, before and after the truth is revealed.