Since I was sixteen my addiction has been genealogy. I love it! I have discovered journals, and traced my lineage back on a couple lines to Adam and Eve or Thor and Odin. I have been given an opportunity to see within myself the people whose manners or features I exhibit, the personality traits that I like and dislike and get to know my heritage far deeper.
On my maternal grandmother’s side there are prominent names that have created American History. Among these surnames are Schuyler and Van Rensselaer. I was immediately fascinated by these names as they dominated Albany, married Alexander Hamilton and there was a plethora of information on them.
One day, while working as a Delta Reservation agent, a phone call came in from a Skymiles Member. The name auto-populated: Schuyler (last name with-held for privacy). I addressed the member, and she was shocked when I properly said her first name–it’s pronounced SKY-ler.
Towards the middle of the conversation, while searching for her fare, I asked, ‘Do you happen to know if you are related to General Philip Schulyer?”
She gasped and told me it was her great-great grandfather and that was whom she had been named after. I shared, that he too was my distant grandfather. We immediately began “catching up”…she is an artist in Georgia and her sister is named Rensselaer.
It would have been a missed opportunity if I had not done my pedigree homework and learned about this family that shaped American history!
I would SO love the opportunity to meet her face to face and share more intimate details.
It could happen.
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*I received no compensation for this post. I just simply am sharing one of my greatest passions. You never know where you come from!