New beginnings

Hello everyone!

I had intended to create this blog several months ago but could never settle on a name I liked well enough to use (at least one that wasn’t already in use by some other clever soul).  I finally settled on Apple Tree Genealogy because the proverb “the apple never falls far from the tree” kept sticking in my mind.  According to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs:

The APPLE never falls far from the tree – Frequently used to assert the continuity of family characteristics; cf. Like father, like son. Quot. 1839 implies return to one’s original home.  [Apparently of Eastern origin; cf. 16th-cent. Ger. del Apfel fellt nicht gerne weit vom Baume, the apple does not usually fall far from the tree.]1

Although nowadays it may be used to imply the continuity of negative character traits, I prefer to think of it as referencing all of the things, good and bad, I’ve inherited from my ancestors.  It seems a fairly relevant name for a genealogy blog.

Plus, it wasn’t taken. 😀

So while I have no real idea at the moment of how frequently I will be publishing here, I intend to participate in the #52 Ancestors challenge so that will at least have me here once a week.  I’m still fairly new to genealogy and I feel like I don’t know enough about 52 ancestors to be able to post about them (especially given some paranoia about posting such things on the internet) but I will give it my best shot!

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Also please be aware the layout will definitely be changing in the next month or so.  Right now I was more concerned with getting something set up so I can start blogging than with getting it to look exactly as I want it.  I’m also challenging myself to include footnotes for references so that I can better learn how to cite sources.  Every little bit helps!

  1. J.A. Simpson, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), 4-5. 

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