The full text of this article is available to Plus members only.
For full access to all of our articles, please Join or Log In.
Not a Plus Member?
July 2010 Everything's Relative
Tales from the lighter side of family history.
January Challenge Winners
Most family trees feature a tall tale or two—stories that hold a kernel of truth, but were embellished with outlandish detail with each retelling. Such is the case for these readers, whose genealogical sleuthing revealed the reality behind family stories of hyperbolic proportions. For their efforts, each will receive our Family Tree Essentials CD.
Best Western
My grandmother was the genealogist in our family for years. She thrived on embellishing colorful stories about our ancestors. One of her most outlandish tales included the television character Sheriff Matthew Dillon. She claimed the series “Gunsmoke” was based on Dillon’s life in the Wild West. I researched our “Matt Dillon”—and discovered he’d been the magistrate for Raleigh Township, Ontario. As the magistrate, he wore many different hats, including one for sheriff.
Colleen Wells » Ocala, Fla.
To continue reading this article
Share |
Did you enjoy this article?
Please share it!
Recent Blog Posts »
Recent Articles »

Free Genealogy Downloads

Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection
When you buy the Historical Maps of Europe Premium Collection, you'll get the brand new Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe, as well as an assortment of other incredible tools to trace you ancestors back to the home country and visualize the world in which they lived--in full color.
Only available in March, this collection has a retail value of $197.95, but is yours this month only for $59.99!

They're going fast - get yours today!

©  F+W All rights reserved.