"Are we related to Nancy Bird?"
My answer - "Well Nana says so but I am not sure how" was met with little satisfaction on the part of the questioners, so for those who wished for further elucidation on the topic, here is a more extended answer.
|Rita Muffett (nee Bird and her brother Neville|
Is this Nancy Bird's place in the background?
Basically she is the the kind of person that if you find in your tree you tell everyone. So yes I have done some digging, and Nancy Bird's tree - as near as I can figure -looks like this.
Nancy Delow Bird b 1915 d 2009
William Raymond Bird b 1888 d 1969
Frederick John M Bird b 1851 d 1902
James Bird b c1821 d 1883
So really the question is not "Are we related to Nancy Bird" it is "Are we related to James Bird?"
Is it possible to find a link between this James Bird and our earliest certainty in this line Robert Bird b c1819 d 1882. They were certainly in the same vicinity in the 1850s and 1860s but so was another James Bird and a William Bird and a Thomas Bird and a - well you get the idea. Proximity does not equate to consanguinity, and as Robert Bird and the correct James Bird are both proving somewhat elusive - um -
"Well Nana says so but I am not sure how"