Tuesday, December 28, 2004

(17-4) Genealogy Humor

Genealogy Humor:

Susie Lee fell in love. She planned to marry Joe. She was so happy about it all, she told her Pappy so.
Pappy told her,”Suzy gal, you’ll have to find another; I’d just as soon yer Maw don’t know, but Joe is your half-brother.
So Suzy fergot about her Joe, and planned to marry Will. But after tellin’ Pappy this, he said,”There’s trouble still.”
“Ye can’t marry Will, my gal;an’don’t tell ye mother, cause Will an’ Joe an’ several mo’ I know is yer half-brother.”
But Mama knew---and said,” My chile, jis’do what makes you happy. Marry Will or marry Joe—you ain’t no kin to Pappy.

Nancy Sieck, G.S.N.B.

In our research many of us have collected will and estate papers. In many of these papers we have seen where an auditor has been assigned to evaluate the worth of the estate. We see where items are listed and the values seem insignificant. What we almost all fail to consider is the economics of the times.

One way to put the value of items in perspective is to use an inflation calculator. One such calculator is available on the internet. www.westegg.com/inflation. There you can calculate any given amount of money for inflation between 1800 and 2002. This is based on the Consumer Price Index. You enter the amount of money, the initial year and the year for which you want the inflation adjusted value.

I have printed some for those of you who do not have internet access, please ask me and I will get them to you.


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