For about 20 years, genealogy always went backwards into the past for me. In the last decade my sisters, both of whom are younger than I, have had kids. Now genealogy also flows forward and into the future. Today my latest nephew and niece are being baptized (a future genealogical record in the making). And they are twins.
Lilah is truly named after her great-great-grandmother. There will three Lila's with three different spellings of their names: my niece, Lilah, my aunt Lyla, and my great-grandmother Lila.
Sam's not named after anyone particular on our side of the family, but as you can image, he has lots of ancestors named Samuel. His closest Samuel will be his 4th great-grandfather Samuel Pratt (Jr.). There are 26 more Samuel's according to my database including Samuel Wallis, Samuel Story (a father and son), Samuel Rider, Samuel Yeaton, Samuel Arnold, Samuel Briggs, and Samuel Allen, all of whom I've either posted about or written about. Other surnames for Samuels include: Wakeman, Plumer, Nettleton, Marsh, Lawrence, Fellows, Denison, Chalker, Burr, Burnham, Buell, Bitfield, Archibald, and Chapman.
So here's to Sam and Lilah who will be very old people when the next century begins. I knew people born in the 19th century and these two may well see people born in the 22nd century. Amazing.