So. It’s been… awhile. Time to dust off this old blog and create something new and fresh! Freshly focused anyway, about my research into the past. In my spare time- which isn’t much given I have a 2 and a half year old- I research family history. Primarily mine, but frequently I have the privilege and treat to help a friend with theirs. I can’t get enough. It’s kind of an obsession, as any amateur to professional genealogist will attest. Part history, part mystery that you can’t wait to solve. I have lost track of the number of times I have thought I would quickly research one ancestor, only to get completely sidetracked by another ancestor and spend hours researching a different family line. For those of you who are “genies” like myself, you know the thrill of uncovering a new branch of your tree. And that there is something so incredible about getting to know the individuals who are so much a part of you, yet you have never even met.
It is an exciting time to be involved with genealogy. It is experiencing renewed interest thanks to several great television shows including, TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow and Finding Your Roots with the brilliant Dr. Henry Louis Gates. Additionally, technology has made it easier than ever before to research and record one’s family history. There are a multitude of programs and websites that can help get you started and organize your tree, connect you with other researchers and provide hints and information to fill in gaps in your tree. Additionally, the number of records available online now is just astounding. And even if the record itself isn’t available online, the request to receive a copy is online. In many ways, this accessibility to family history research and media visibility is introducing genealogy to younger audiences. It is not my Mema’s genealogy anymore!
In my research, I have often thought I should keep a journal of my experiences. Both of the process of the research itself, and of the interesting and exciting discoveries I make. That is what I hope to do here, and for those who care to join me in this part of my life in the past lane, I will be excited to have you join me!