Why I Love Genealogy

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So, I was talking with a new friend the other day and we happened to get on the subject of genealogy. That made me go “Oh I know what my next Why on Wednesdays blog post is going to be!” You guessed it! I have a neat genealogy story to share with you.

I love history. So, it stands to reason that I’d love my history and want to know about my genealogy. Luckily for me(I’m super busy for some reason) my parents both like genealogy as well and have some wonderful stories to share with me!

This is a story that my dad has passed to me that I want to share with you.  It is a tale about part of my family during the Revolutionary War.  No name changes needed, oh wait. . . . maybe they are or were rather.

Yes, that’s right.  There was a name change in my family tree during the Revolutionary War.

Here is how the story goes.  My way too many greats to count Grandfather was on his way home from a meeting when he was stopped by a British officer.  On his person was a card saying simply this “SWAIM”.  When questioned about this card my grandfather(who didn’t want to be in trouble) simply said that was his last name.  Swaim.  Well, that was not his last name but it was from that day forth.  You see, the card actually said S.W.A.I.M. (or would have if they believed in punctuation) because it stood for Sworn Warriors Against Invading Monarchs. . . . umm yeah I think telling the officer the true meaning of SWAIM just might have gotten him into a wee bit of trouble!

And so, in history from that time forward my family name was Swaim.  There are still some out there.  Of course, in my tree the Swaim married another and the last name changed, but it is still a neat bit of genealogy to me.

Do you have any neat, crazy, or interesting things in your family tree?  I have others and someday I’ll share my grandma’s story with you but this one was on my mind and I thought some of you might think it was fun.  I’d love to hear your stories in the comments!