Your Grandpa Fought in WHAT War? By Ted Pack [email protected] Late at night, after a day of giving my clients advice they don't take and an evening of giving my teens advice they won't even listen to, I sometimes surf the genealogy bulletin/message boards looking for people who might be willing to take a bit of well-intentioned counsel. A surprising number of newcomers assume that telling the world a person was "my grandfather" pins his birth date down accurately enough to let other people help them. That isn't always the case. Last night my mother came to our house for barbecued salmon. Her grandfather, George Waterman CADY, fought in the Civil War. He was born in 1837, rode with the 10th Missouri Cavalry (Union) and moved to Kansas after the war. He got off to a slow start; he married in 1881 at the age of 44. My grandmother came along in 1892, when he was 55. She gave birth to my mother. Without giving away details of a living person and a dear woman, let us just say she gets a discount in some restaurants if she eats dinner before 6 p.m. She uses the Internet, and, as I said, her grandfather fought in the Civil War. At the same table, passing the lemon dill butter, was my son. His de- tails are private too, but a year or two ago we could get him a discount by ordering off the "Under 12" menu. He uses the Internet; his grand- father fought in the Korean War -- 86 years after Appomattox. Quite a spread. Ours is a rare family due to my great-grandfather CADY marrying so late, but consider this -- most people have their children between the ages of 20 and 40. Genealogy buffs on the Internet can be anywhere from say 20 to 70 years old -- just to keep the numbers even. If you are now 20 and the oldest child of the oldest child, your grandparents could have been born (20 + 20 + 20) 60 years ago, in 1943. If you are now 70 and the youngest child of the youngest child, your grandparents could have been born (70 + 40 + 40) 150 years ago, in 1853. So, if you are posting a query about your grandfather, please -- give the rest of us a clue; at least tell us which war he fought in. ****************************** Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, provided: (1) the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; and (2) the following notice appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 6, No. 36, 3 September 2003.