Top Ten Reasons to Suspect Jasia and I Were Separated at Birth

One of the genealogy-themed blogs that I read on a regular basis is Creative Gene written by Jasia.  After reading her blog for a while, I realized that we are a lot alike and am now convinced that we must have been separated at birth.  Here are the top ten reasons why:

10.  We are both of Polish descent and we are almost the same age.  I won’t be so unkind as to tell you how old we are ;-) ,though.

9.  We both enjoy writing.  Jasia completed a historical novel about her family history through Na No Wri Mo last November.  I’m planning to write a historical novel about my family, and have been thinking about trying Na No Wri Mo this November, but I’m hoping somebody will stop me before I do something I may regret!

8.  We both spend a day taking pictures and find that we’ve taken way too many photos of gravestones.

7.  Jasia’s first SLR camera was a Canon ME Super.  Mine was a Canon ME.  I was on a budget.  Jasia received a Canon Digital Rebel XT for Christmas.  I want a Canon Digital Rebel XT for Christmas.

6.  Jasia enjoys reading mystery novels by Janet Evanovich, who has just released her 12th novel in the Stephanie Plum series.  I enjoy reading mystery novels by Sister Carol Anne O’Marie, who has just released her 11th novel in the Sister Mary Helen series.  Both Janet Evanovich and Sister Carol Anne O’Marie are published by St. Martin’s Press.

5.  Jasia has 17 first cousins on her father’s side of the family and she is one of the youngest.  I have 18 living first cousins on my father’s side and I am one of the youngest.

4.  Jasia’s paternal grandfather died 5 years before she was born.  My paternal grandfather died 2 years before I was born.

3.  Jasia lives about 60 miles from Hell (Michigan).  I have friends who live about 90 miles from Purgatory (Maine).  I live about 190 miles from Heavenly (California).

2.  We both have blonde hair (OK, my hair has been getting darker the older I get).  Jasia has blue eyes (at least I think she has blue eyes from her picture).  I would have blue eyes if it weren’t for that pesky dominant gene for brown eyes I inherited from my maternal grandmother.

1.  Jasia and I have both never met each other.

Take a moment and visit Jasia’s blog.  On July 3, she’s hosting a Carnival of Genealogy on her blog.

…And I stole the idea for a top ten list from the Genealogue, who I suspect may have stolen the idea from someone else.

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5 Responses to Top Ten Reasons to Suspect Jasia and I Were Separated at Birth

  1. Jasia says:

    Omigod, I’m laughing so hard it’s difficult to type!!! Separated at birth, eh? So which one of us is the evil twin? I’m thinking you probably want to pin that on me since I’m closer to Hell, but I don’t know Steve… this blog entry is evidence of some real devilry in you!

    You certainly make a strong case for us being related. I’m sure anyone reading this will agree that we obviously have shared passions and shared talents. We’re going to have to compare family surnames one of these days to see if we really do connect. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    But seriously, being the subject of your blog just blew me away Steve. I’m flattered to know that you read my blog, honored to be your twin (even if we were separated at birth), and humored to the point of pain. You definitely made my day :-))) Thank you.

    O.K. You can borrow my Rebel XT ;-)

    Good luck with your research trip out east!

  2. Chris Dunham says:

    Strangely enough, I live about five miles from Purgatory, Maine, and I’ve never met either of you.

    As for the top ten lists, according to one website, Letterman stole the idea from McCall’s magazine:

    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/letterman/faq/

    I think McCall’s might have stolen the idea from Moses.

  3. Jasia, glad to see you enjoyed the top ten list! I hope we get to meet sometime!

    Chris, I don’t keep up on the top ten lists from Letterman, McCall’s, or Moses, but I do keep up with yours!

  4. Cheryl Palmer says:

    I just stumbled on this article, which I hadn’t read until now. Oh, it was a great one! I am smiling ear to ear and feel the family connection you all have! lol

  5. Thanks, Cheryl! Speaking of family connections, congratulations on becoming a grandmother!

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