posted on Sep, 14 2010 @ 09:03 PM
Cool thread idea, OP!
Actually, I'm a distant relation to William Shakespeare (yes, the playwright from the middle ages). My father, who was English, had a cousin who
traced our family lineage clear back to the 13th century. He was able to go that far back, because 1) England is a very old country, and 2) all birth
records were kept in churches, most of which were made of stone or brick so they did not easily burn down.
William Shakespeare's offspring all died without heirs, but "Uncle Bill's" sister married William George Hart. They named their son George
William, and named his son, William George, etc. This went on until finally, my great grandfather, George William Hart and his wife had no son, but a
daughter - my grandmother - Dorothy Agnetta Hart, who was my dad's mother.
What's funny is my father was quite a talented (but unpublished) writer of poetry, short stories, journals, etc. I've done quite a bit of writing
too, mainly grant proposals and such. Funny how we got just a little fragment of that writer's gene from Bill!