Keep track of your branches

Do you remember that night you went to the club with your people and got clowned because you saw old Aunt Ruthie in the middle of the dance floor [Insert current dance craze]? You know when you ran into that fine ass person on the way out that you saw on the way in? How you both chatted away over drinks in the deepest darkest corner of the club. You had your head down the whole time and they though it was funny. You started getting to know each other. They were looking finer and finer the more you talked. The jam came on and you got up to dance (right near the table so that you wouldn’t run into Aunt Ruthie or your people). You started grindin’ really close even though it was a fast song playing at the time. Then you heard ‘Sexual Healing’ over the sound system (when it was really playing ‘Smack my Bitch up’). So you decided to invite them back to your place, you know, because it’s a little less crowded and noisy. Well, that and you thought you saw Aunt Ruthie heading your way. They agree after you say, ‘I don’t normally do this”. You creep out the club real fast, find your car, and head for some head to the crib. The night ends with some toe curling sex on your overturned couch.

You wake up in the afternoon to the phone. It’s your mom asking why aren’t at the family reunion that started 2 hours ago. You also look around and see that your late night conquest has flown the coop. Shit, that turned out better than you expected. You don’t even remember their name. so you tell your mom you’re on way, rush the shower, get dressed, and roll out. And then you get there. People are eating, most are drunk, and the music is loud kinda like last night, eh? You try not to notice that Aunt Ruthie is still in the same clothes as last and is still dancing away. Pretty spry for 82 years old, but that see through mini skirt and matching top, ick. Still embarrassing, though. You grab a plate in between hugs and finger pulls. Junebug still can’t get right and you refuse to do the shufflebutt like you did when you were little. Uncle Wally still preaching but makes the best whiskey in the country. Secret ingredient, Tequila, and you always wondered what that car that sat in his yard was for. Pee Wee still smells and “Aunt” floyd is still with Uncle Jimmy. There goes Aunt Frida cheating at Spades again and arguing like she didn’t to Uncle Junior. She’s at the point where she’s about to take her blade out cut him….again. You hold your head down and keep asking yourself why do you keep coming to these things.

Anyway, as you mumble to yourself and after Bug asks you for $5…again (He’ll pay you back. He promises…again), your mom taps you on the shoulder. She wants you to say hey to cousin Jenny, the second cousin that haven’t seen since you two used to bathe together as babies. You don’t remember what happens next because you fainted….

Well now, in between therapy sessions, you can keep track of your whole sordid family tree with the website, It’s free and seemingly easy to use. You just start putting in your particular info (you, mom, dad, other mom i’m not sure of) and the branches of family that you know of and keep going. You get a temp password emailed to you at the time and then when you login the first time, you can make a permanent one. You can even put in email address that can be used to invite other family members to fill in spots that you didn’t seem to figure out in time. So supposedly only your family will see your tree. Granted, it is said not to be a professional tool so you won’t be going all Alex Hailey all of a sudden, but it can be a cool way to start going about it. Below is a link to where I found out about it. It should be noted that the site is in beta, which means it’s got miles to go before it can walk. But then again, Google has stuff that is in perpetual beta and is floating about.

Sorry, I wasn’t able to tell you about it before the reunion, but you might have still not known better (or cared). Try it out still and stay away from next year’s reunion. Here’s an article from where I found out about it. – Geni: Finally, Genealogy made easy

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