I was born in 1944. Years ago my father told me the fairy tale vesoirn of the origin of our Italian family name MONTESI. The story went that a nobleman fell in love with a peasant girl but was betrothed to another. The nobleman and the peasant girl got together and created a child. before she gave birth the peasant woman went into the mountains to have the child she named him MONTESI which the story goes means child of the mountains That started a spark of interest as to who my ancestors were. my father had put in my baby book his and my Moms side of the tree with dates birth and deaths, and places. I did not realize what I had. The interest lay dormant for a while till I was grown and married (about 1979). A friend, very much interested in genealogy, asked me to go with her on a trip to our state capital (Frankfort KY)while she did some research. I looked up my Mothers side (CLARY) since she and I were born in KY and was overwhelmed with the long list that confronted me. So out of curiosity I looked up my then Husband’s name REXROAT. WOW a treasure trove.. a woman from Washington state was doing research and printing a newsletter which was in the archives My Husband’s father and grandfather were there with their ancestors. I went home and was telling my Mother-in-law about it and she proceeded to print out on note paper her family tree back 5 generations. That did it I was new to computing but I went out a purchased Family tree Maker (ver 3 I believe) and built a tree. About 10 years later while visiting Reed, Kentucky (the CLARY hometown area) for their annual 4th July Burgoo and barbque mutton cookout at ST Augustine church, I again got lucky. Distant relatives had done a book on the people buried in the cemetery there. (most related to me in some way). Along with the name they had stories told to them by their Aunt my mother’s double cousin. Oh the joy At the time I was only interested in my immediate family. Then about 1990 married to my second husband, LOVE, his Aunts visited. The family tale they told was that my husbands great-grand father was a chicken thief and had taken his wife’s Maiden name as his Surname .hmmm. I never have been able to prove or disprove this but he cannot be accounted for, YET!!I love a good mystery and genealogy is the greatest one of all. Many clues out there and with the progress of computing they are getting solved. I still have to do a lot of sleuthing since many out there are content to add any thing to make their info fit. I now branch out from brothers and sisters since someone will maybe find a link and give me a clue to solving a Mystery in my tree. Indeed I have gotten connections for the MONTESI’s, CLARY’s, REXROAT’s and LOVE’s and made many friends. I named my tree WE ARE FAMILY because I believe we are all connected. I feel I am the keeper of the flame for my future family generations. Recently my husband passed and I moved to Illinois to be with my mother, my new neighbor is related to my ex-father-in-law (REXROAT). Needless to say I am hooked.
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