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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Dead Relatives Are Always More Interesting

Griff Rhys Jones had always been told his great-grandparents, Daniel and Sarah Price, had died together in a railroad accident.

But while in Wales researching his family tree the TV presenter found that Daniel was a drunk who died in a street brawl in Llanelli, and Sarah was an unfit mother who put three of her four children in the workhouse.
The discoveries left Rhys Jones "feeling pretty miserable," but perhaps not as miserable as he felt as a child.
“My mother used to dump me on my relatives for holidays and they were so utterly boring it was hard to imagine I’d come from a fascinating background or have interesting ancestors.” [Link]

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