Amock Comedy Magazine 4
DISCOVER YOUR ANCESTORS
Many people are becoming increasingly interested in
who they are descended from and are eager to research
their ancestry. Building your own family tree is not
difficult, though if you come from a poor family you may
discover that you have no family tree and may have to
settle for a family bush.
Many make claims of esteemed ancestors such as
royalty but all such claims should be treated with
caution. Family records may indicate that King Charles
had a brief fling with your chambermaid ancestor, but
as she was free with her favours it is just as likely that
the bootblack was your forebearer.
Be prepared too for some surprises as you delve into
the past. You may discover that Great Uncle George
who has been lauded as a war hero for generations was
in fact in charge of laundry and Aunt Phoebe’s charity
work among sailors was less charitable and more
commercial. Such revelations should not be a deterrent
for, after all, we are all descended from apes, though
some have simians closer in their genetic make-up than
others. Mr Bert Clipshaw, for instance, is distantly
related to Cheetah of Tarzan fame through his mother’s
side of the family.
If one approaches the family tree with an open mind
and are prepared for shocks there is no reason why you
cannot build an honest and truthful genealogy. Your
ancestors were fallible, just as you are, and subject to
the cultural imperatives of the day. Your ancestor may
well have been a slave dealer but if you dig far enough
you will no doubt discover his redeeming qualities, such
as the fact that he gave large discounts for bulk buying,
often ran special offers and was prepared to deliver at
no extra cost. In his day and age he would have been
a marvel and you are his proud descendant.
SAMPLE FAMILY TREE OF AMOCK HANDYMAN, BILL TOOLBELT.