Some of the best family history stories I have heard come directly from my grandparents. This morning I was talking to my grandparents about the APG PMC conference I have been attending in Salt Lake City. This sparked a bunch of other topics about our family history. We began talking about the "skeletons in the closet" and other fun and interesting stories in our history. My grandma said that her dad would always says there was no point in looking into their history because they were all horse thieves...
Well, at this point I haven't found any stories about my grandmother's family being horse thieves. However, the next thing my grandma started talking about was how she stole a rhinestone necklace when she was a young girl. I thought she was just joking, but she wasn't. She continued to tell me how she and her best friend, Sandra, went into a department store when they were young girls and stole a necklace. After a short time one of the rhinestones fell out of the necklace, so my grandma went back to the store to steal another. She said she failed to steal another because the store clerk followed her around the entire store, so she eventually gave up and just left the broken necklace on a table and left the store.
I feel like I am very fortunate to still have three of my four grandparents still alive. I think it is so much fun to listen to stories about my grandparents and their lives. I know I say this all the time, but you never know what you're going to find when you start asking your family questions about your family history!
A.C. Ivory is a professional genealogist, blogger, product manager, ux designer, computer geek, and traveler.