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July 11, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Write a Genealogy Clerihew

I know I am a little late for this as it is not Saturday, but Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has suggested we write a Genealogy Clerihew as part of his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series.

It seems that a “clerihew” is a four line irregular poem or verse which follows an AABB rhyming scheme and it has been named for the birthday of the inventor Edmund Clerihew Bentley who was also known as a writer and poet.  (More can be read about this at Jim Smith’s A Genealogy Hunt blog).

Randy asks us to add a post to our blog, or comment on his blog about our attempts at writing a Genealogy Clerihew!!

I have to warn you that I really am not a poet, and while I have had a look at some of the other GeneaBloggers’ own Clerihews (actually really very good), I somehow think my attempt is completely wrong from what it should be like.  But hey, I’m giving it a go and at the very least my attempts should cause some laughs!!  😉

And for those of you that know me and know of my great preoccupation with my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read, this attempt had to be about him!!

Here goes:   A Genealogy Clerihew –  “Ode To Cozens Read” 

For ten long years I searched the Baptism of Cozens Read, 

Now it’s the same for his Mum so of him I plead, 

Can you give me a sign please to show the parents of Elizabeth Cosens, 

And hopefully that will take me back many more years by the dozens! 

Christine Read  –  copyright 2010

Oh dear, not a very good attempt I feel, but I did try to do it quickly!!



  1. Great rhymes! Hope this will bring you good luck with Elizabeth’s family now.

    Comment by M. Diane Rogers — July 11, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    • Hallo Diane, thanks for popping by and for your comment. It would be good if my little Ode to Cozens Read works and he somehow sends me a sign that helps find his mother’s parents!! Still, these brick walls just strengthen our determination I think!!

      Kind regards,
      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — July 12, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

  2. Christine, Thank you for making note of my Blogsite – A Genealogy Hunt. And now if some ode could lead me to the origins of my ggg-grandfather James Smith, I would spend the next months studying Blake and Shakespeare. Regards, Jim

    Comment by Jim Smith — July 19, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    • Hallo Jim, Lovely to “meet” you here through our blogs. I am certainly hoping my ode to Cozens Read will prompt a sign or something as to where I will find the parents of his mother! I had great fun with the Genealogy Clerihew and am even considering writing Genealogy Clerihews for some of my other ancestors, I so like the idea of it!!

      Best of luck in your search regarding your 3 x great grandfather James Smith, and any others you are seeking!

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comment.

      Kind regards,
      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — July 19, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

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