I’ve started walking every morning. Today, I happened to pass this tree and thought it was a poignant lesson in genealogy. This tree shows the results of focusing our research exclusively on our direct ancestors and ignoring collateral lines. Doing so might fill in a little green around the trunk, but the leaves don’t reach as high as they otherwise could, and it sure doesn’t make for a very complete picture.
A Little Legalese
habendum clause (həb-ben-dəm) 1. The part of an instrument, such as a deed or will, that defines the extent of the interest being granted and any conditions affecting the grant ◘ The introductory words to the clause are ordinarily _to have and to hold_ — also termed _to have and to hold clause_.— Bryan A. Garner, editor, Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th edition, (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West, 2004), 728.
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