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Why a Crane?


One of the first things we do in genealogy is to create a pedigree chart. A pedigree chart is your road map to successful research. The word pedigree means “footprint of the crane,” formed from two Latin words: pedi meaning foot and gree meaning crane.

Middle English: pedegru, from Anglo-Norman pe de grue : pe, foot (from Latin pSee pedi-) + de, of (from Latin d crane (from the resemblance of a crane's foot to the lines of succession on a genealogical chart)
Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.


\Ped"i*gree\, n. [Of unknown origin; possibly fr. F. par degr['e]s by degrees, -- for a pedigree is properly a genealogical table which records the relationship of families by degrees; or, perh., fr. F. pied de grue crane's foot, from the shape of the heraldic genealogical trees.] 1. A line of ancestors; descent; lineage; genealogy; a register or record of a line of ancestors.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

We thought it would be fun to use a crane as our logo. As we started learning more about cranes, we found many other reasons to have a crane represent out enterprise.

In Asia, the crane has long symbolized fortune, longevity (even immortality), happiness, hope, fidelity, and peace. The crane is an animal known to mate for life. Japanese legend says that the crane lives for a thousand years.

Some links to learn more about cranes (if link doesn’t load, try copying and pasting the URL into your browser):

The International Crane Foundation http://www.savingcranes.org/


Cranes in photographs, nature, literature, and art: