Excerpt from Fifty Ancestors of Henry Lincoln Clapp, Vol. 1: Who Came to New England From 1620 to 1650 Many people think a genealogist is queer, or in a temporarily queer condition when he is ancestry hunting. One says, Skip genealogy; ather, Dried dates don't interest me, but I like the dates of the Phoenix dactylisera (date palm); ather, Better t go back too far, - you may find a persona - n grata. But these little jocosities produce permanent effect on the genealogist who is hunting like Japhet in search of a father. Looking backward a little way, say as far as the Pilgrims, is on the whole rather interesting. Along the course two hundred and seventy or eighty years in length one finds many admirable characters; he sees that he has considerable more to do in order to live such a life as the forefathers lived; and the view stiffens up his own standard of living. Nothing queer about that. If there is, why, let us have a little more of it. To some it seems queer to work long and hard on a subject that is t expected to yield any returns whatever in dollars and cents; to perform a costly labor of love seems queer; to toil from motives of pure sentiment seems queer; to give away genealogical publications that cost a dollar or more apiece, as one gives away tracts, seems queer. What are you doing it for? they ask. But the explanations fail to explain it, because motives of sentiment and labors of love are t to be explained. Again, it is interesting to find that well-kwn names, perhaps ones own, were recorded more than six hundred years ago: Henry Clappe, Co. Oxford, 1273. Alexander de Clopham, Co. Kent, 1273. Thomas de Clopton (of Clap town), Co. Norfolk, 1358. Or, take ather familiar family name: Bourne, Bourn, Burns, Burne, Burn, at the burn, i.e. stream. Burne, a brook; a rthern pronunciation of Bourne, whence Burns, Aburne, c.In Suffolk Probate Records, Byrne is written for Bourne. John de la Burn, Co. Oxford, 1273. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.