So…I grew up with the last name of Bennett (along with all my siblings.)
Since my sisters and I all married and took our new husband’s last names, and my brothers would not be having children…I decided it was up to me to save the “Bennett” family name from extinction.
I gave both my children “Bennett” as their middle name. Brilliant – right?
Not even close!
Through extensive research on Ancestry.com for my first book: Bosses and Blackjacks, I discovered my paternal grandfather had changed his last name when he entered the Marines in the late 1800s.
David Steinberg became David Bennett.
Who knew? Obviously, not me!
So, my Ancestry.com research took a very sharp turn and my kids are preserving a false moniker!
(But, it does give them a funny story to tell their friends about their crazy mother and her obsession with ancestral connections!)
Question, Dear Readers:
Have any of you made such discoveries in your own family tree? Let me know in the comments section.