I asked her a couple of days later if we were related to anyone else famous and she said, oh so casually, that we are related to General Custer. WHAT?!!! Seriously? MOM! So she outlined that for me.
General George Armstrong Custer.
Mom, I pleaded, can't you go find that we're related to Eleanor Roosevelt just to balance things out? She said she'd try ... and then Mom said, Did I ever tell you about the twin brothers in the family who were counterfeiters?
Mom, all dressed up for some big event in 1972,
about two years after she got interested in genealogy.