more attention been paid to the lineage sheet, the registers would in many instances have been rescued from such ruin or threatened ruin.
Many people make a great mistake in regard to genealogies. They never, as a rule, think about a pedigree any more than they do of bearing arms, until fortune has smiled upon them and given them a kind of prestige they never had or never thought they had before. The idea is wrong altogether, and causes vast misunderstanding in respect to genealogies. For a poor man to mention his pedigree is to invite laughter and ridicule. Many of the poor, those not in serfdom in Ancient Greece and Rome, had their pedigrees, and we know that in Scotland hundreds of the peasantry can show a family tree honourable and correct it not exactly royal or noble. Whether persons are rich or poor they should keep a record of their ancestry, for such record costs little, and if it is never needed for any serious purpose, it does no harm, it does not consume anything; but if on the other hand it is ever necessary to refer to it, much time is saved, much labour and often very great expense also. If it be true that "the history of the leading families of a country is an important part of the history of that country," then we find particularly is this statement correct so far as the ancient Norse family of Story or Storey is concerned.
Writing to Lieut.-Colonel Story, of Mount Salus, Dalkey, County Dublin, and of Bingfield, County Cavan, a member of the old Story family, of Bingfield, near Hexham, in Northumberland-the late Principal Story of Glasgow University says:- "The earliest notice I have found of the Storys from whom I believe I am descended, is in an old Border Chronicle, which mentions in (I think) the 15th century, as among the Border families 'a race of Storys sore decayed.'" As the learned Principal further remarks on this statement-" It would be interesting to know what was the better estate from which the sore decayed Storys had fallen." Our object is to endeavour to show satisfactorily the cause of the sore decay,-a decay not perhaps greatly distinct from that which has played havoc financially and socially, with many a good old family whose descendants are now ignorant of their true origin. Concerning the Stories most exhaustive inquiries have been made, much searching undertaken in various counties, and a correspondence has taken place with scores who bear the honoured name both in Great Britain and abroad. It is a herculean task to find the links that are necessary to the connecting of broken chains, and to fasten them on in sequence, therefore the work of linking cannot be accomplished in a few months, or even in some instances in a year or two. There is always much delay where, correspondence is extensively involved. Within the compass of this work there are, we believe, some communications from members of the great North and Norse Story family and its branches, which will prove interesting to all those who have a love for genealogical lore.
Mr. Edward John Story, of 37 Queen's Gardens, Ilford, Essex, quoting from Borlase, Vol. II., p. 7, says:- "We are descended from Storis, King of the Northmen, alias Scandinavian Stori. Other forms are Stor and Storius. Stor is Anglo-Saxon and old Norse for great vast, &c. The names Stori and Storius occur before Domesday Book."