Thought everyone might enjoy this. Came from my Channel Islands news
>NEWS FLASH. 1852 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS SOLVE GENEALOGICAL MYSTERIES.
>It is New Year's Eve 1852 and Henry HYDENWELL sits at his desk by
>candlelight. He dips his quill pen in ink and begins to writes his New
>1. No man is truly well-educated unless he learns to spell his name
>three different ways within the same document. I resolve to give the
>appearance of being extremely well-educated in the coming year.
>2. I resolve to see to it that all of my children will have the same
>that my ancestors have used for six generations in a row.
>3. My age is no one's business but my own. I hereby resolve to never
>the same age or birth year twice on any document.
>4. I resolve to have each of my children baptized in a different
>either in a different faith or in a different parish. Every third
>not be baptized at all or will be baptized by an itinerant minister who
>keeps no records.
>5. I resolve to move to a new town, new county, or new state at least
>every 10 years -- just before those pesky enumerators come around asking
>6. I will make every attempt to reside in counties and towns where no
>records are maintained or where the courthouse burns down every few
>7. I resolve to join an obscure religious cult that does not believe in
>record keeping or in participating in military service.
>8. When the tax collector comes to my door, I'll loan him my pen,
>been dipped in rapidly fading blue ink.
>9. I resolve that if my beloved wife Mary should die, I will marry
>10. I resolve not to make a will. Who needs to spend money on a lawyer?
>Passed on via another Rootsweb site (thanks to Shani Cullabine) -
>but surely will strike a chord with all of us . . .. . .. . HAPPY
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