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  • We once had a story in my father’s family about our ancestors.

    The story went that we were descended, through my father’s father, from Lord Nelson’s family. Not from Lord Nelson himself, but from one of his brothers. No one seemed to know quite where the story had come from, but it was a nice idea, and potentially plausible. Part of my grandfather’s family originated from Norfolk, the same place that Nelson came from. Someone in the family traced back our family tree and it all seemed to match up, the names and dates were right. However, there was one problem – no one could work out which brother it was we were descended from. Up to a certain point the names and dates were right, but there was no direct connection to any of the brothers. So we smiled, assumed that one of the great aunts or someone had got something confused and enjoyed the idea that is was possible.
    A year or two ago I was staying with my grandparents and we had lunch one day with one of my grandfather’s cousins and his wife. During the course of the meal it turned out that they’d done some research and solved the mystery. They’d found a marriage certificate that had solved it.

    It turns out that this certificate had been signed by someone called Horatio Nelson. Not Lord Horatio Nelson, just someone with the same name.

    I think I preferred a mysterious connection to the family of a national hero, but never mind.
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