[PW] Folk tale origins

Marian Drabkin mmdrabkin at att.net
Thu Feb 11 16:22:46 PST 2016

Folk tales tend to travel around and acquire many different titles and variations.  It would be much easier to find a possible source of your story if you would give enough information about the story to see what type it is.  The title indicates only that it is about kittens (or is it?).  Names of tellers, unless they are well-known tellers, doesn't help either.
So, what is this story?  Where is your patron's family from and us their place of origin where they heard the story? 

Marian Drabkin

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> On Feb 11, 2016, at 3:55 PM, Mark Mullinax <mullinax.mark at gmail.com> wrote:
> Today I had a very interesting reference question that has me a bit
> stumped. The patron's family has a folk tale called "Hairy Kittens" that
> has been passed down orally through the female line in her family for years
> (decades... a century... or more). The family has a series of names that
> they know from the early 1900s that have told the story, these include:
> Weller, Schoch, Hill, and Hagerman. Our patron is trying to figure out
> where did the story originate? She would like to know who originally told
> it or at least what influences are in the story (origins/regions). She is
> unsure if going the genealogy route is the best or not. Her mother has done
> work tracing parts of the family line but did not focus on the story. Her
> mother did recently publish the story as a book (
> https://books.google.com/books/about/Hairy_Kitten.html?id=rF7ejgEACAAJ).
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks!
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