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Definition of OBSCURE

DearREADERS,
Yesterday's "word of the day" at MyYahoo.com was provided by Petersons.com:

OBSCURE

DEFINITION: (adjective) little known; hard to understand

EXAMPLE: Mendel was an obscure monk until decades after his death, when his scientific work was finally discovered. Most people find the writings of James Joyce obscure; hence the popularity of books that explain his books.

SYNONYMS: hazy, mysterious, unclear

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We need to let the folks at Petersons.com know about the additional definitions, which are familiar to all family historians.

OBSCURE as in "obscure ancestor"

  • little known ancestor
  • hard to find ancestor
  • one who stowed away on a trans-Atlantic ship, hence no customs passenger lists
  • one who left town, with no forwarding address
  • one who chose not to leave a will naming heirs
  • one who didn't own property to be inherited by family members
  • one who didn't serve in the military, hence no thick pension file
  • one who successfully eluded the census enumerator and the tax collector
  • one who didn't vote
  • one who didn't leave a diary
  • one who left a stack of letters with totally illegible handwriting
  • one whose only surviving photo isn't labeled
  • one whose 6th generation family bible was carried away in a flood
  • one whose living descendants aren't using RootsWeb message boards and mailing lists to share info

MOST COMMON DEFINITIONS include:

  • one darned frustrating ancestor that we've each got at least one of on our family tree.

Got any more definitions to add to the list?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
DearMYRTLE,
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