Family Tree


What fun I have had,
so much time have I spent,
compiling my family tree.
I’ve searched right from Scotland
as far down as Kent
for a black sheep;
but none could I see.
I’m quite disappointed.
The nearest I saw
was my grandmother’s
auntie’s great niece;
or was it her great auntie’s
sister in law?
Well, she was married four times,
once to a priest!
Great Grandfather’s son,
William’s daughter,
got spliced
to a most courageous knight,
but children for them,
in vain have I sought;
his lineage has ended;
no more knights in sight!

Great Auntie Jemima
was wed to George Black,
their offspring
were Freddie and Jane.
When Jane Black wed John Smith,
who was always called Jack,
I guess a blacksmith
was what she became!
I’ve found out the difference
that I never could name
‘tween first cousins
and cousins removed;
If your great grandma
and mine are the same,
second cousins we are,
so I’ve proved.
It’s only if one
generation is missed,
and my aunt is
the one you relate to,
you’re a cousin removed.
Just study the list.
It’s quite easy
when you know how to.


About angelarigley

Married, with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Besides writing my books and also the occasional poem or short story, I enjoy reading; singing in my church choir; researching my family tree. especially in the Lake District; flower arranging; bird watching, especially in the Lake District: my favourite place (sorry, I might have already mentioned that); playing Scrabble; Sudokos
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