When I was a little girl we would take my grandmother grocery shopping every week. She would always buy me, my sister, and brother something while there. Once she handed me a piece of candy and said, "Here's your lagniappe." I had no idea what that meant and asked her. She laughed and said, "It means your little something extra. When I was a girl growing up in New Orleans all the grocers gave you a lagniappe when you shopped with them. It's like a bonus." When I started my family tree, I thought about all the mixture of names I was researching, and realized genealogy is like a bonus. You start out on one branch and you find a little extra along the way. A lagniappe.