I recently developed a bit of new interest in tracing down my family roots. I located another researcher who has done an admirable job collecting info and building out her geneology online. We have some common ancestors, and she had an open invite on her web site for others interested in the family tree to contact her.
I sent an email and she replied the following day with this:
I received your invitation to view your Frazier Family Tree…
seems like we have common ancestors…
I skimmed your blog, and realized that though we may shake from a similar tree, we have nothing in common aside from some distant genes.
I hate guns and motorcycles… but really HATE guns…
Thanks for the invite, but I have a much more fleshed out family tree.
Her reply was a bit of a shock…I really didn’t think political views would be a consideration for whether someone communicated about shared family tree info, but I guess some folks take the no-compromise view.
Of course, I wonder if she’d ever have been able to accumulate so much info if she had the same attitude toward cars, or power tools, or kitchen knives…all of which are used as fatal weapons to kill more people every year than guns. Try swapping the word “gun” for any of those in the quoted text above and see if it doesn’t sound silly to you.
And, by the way, it sure sounds like she’s implying in the last sentence that if I had something she needed she might be willing to converse. Maybe she’s not so un-compromising, after all.