Shirt Tail Relative

I was prompted to bring today’s post forward in my publishing schedule when I read an excellent blog post by Judy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist, in which she discussed Shirt-Tail Relatives.
The first time I noted  this term was in a post from Jacquie Schattner who wrote A shirt tale (sic) relative is usually a distant relative but sometimes refers to a very close family friend.


Geneapiphany – That moment when you realize that despite a total lack of results for years or decades, you’ve just stumbled across convincing evidence in your files for one of your brick walls that you’ve had forever.  Usually accompanied by facepalming.

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