Saturday, February 20, 2021

Genealogists Wanted

A young man explained his family relationship as follows:

I met a young widow with a grown -up stepdaughter and I married the widow.  Then my father met our stepdaughter and married her.  That made my wife, the mother-in -law of her father- in- law, and made my stepdaughter, my stepmother and my father became my stepson.

Then my stepmother, the stepdaughter of my wife, had a son. The boy became my brother, because he was my father’s son, but he was also the son of my wife’s stepdaughter and therefore her grandson. That made me grandfather to my stepbrother. 

Then my wife had a son. My mother -in- law, the stepsister of my son, is also his grandmother because he is her stepson’s child.  My father is the brother- in- law of my child because his stepsister is my wife. I am the brother of my own son, who is also the child of my grandmother. I am my mother’s brother- in- law; my wife is her own child’s aunt; my son is my father’s nephew and I’m my own grandfather. 

Does this remind you some of Lawrence County’s family trees?  If you have a real-life story of a situation similar where relationships are a little bit screwy, our genealogists would love to hear about it. 

Please send all stories to  to