David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Beginning

I guess it makes sense to begin my new Blog at the beginning! I began my journey through genealogy about 6 years ago. I was lucky because I already new the names of all my great grandparents so I had a place to start. Thanks to Ancestry's free trial period, I quickly located the census records of my grandparents and great grandparents. For the first time, I saw the names of my grandmother's aunts and uncles. I'm sure she had told me their names before, but I was too young then to appreciate the information she was giving me. Now, I couldn't get enough information. Each bit of information I found led me to something else; another name, another place. I started looking through anything I could find of my grandmother's. I found an old family Bible and inside it I found a picture of my great great grandfather in an advertisement for a kidney treatment! It was clearly the beginning of my addiction! I found an very inexpensive family tree software program that I quickly outgrew. I knew this because suddenly the family tree of Queen Victoria (the sample tree included with the program) became enmeshed into mine and I quickly discovered I had royal blood in my veins! For Christmas that year I received a gift card to a bookstore and while shopping I discovered a version of Family Tree Maker that included a free subscription to Ancestry.com. Eureka! The perfect present for a genealogy newbie! I was researching every branch of my family tree as well as my husband's all at the same time. I was quickly buried under stacks of papers, many of them still waiting to be filed into notebooks at this time. I discovered wonderful online resources and long distant cousins who have been more than willing to share information on their branch of my tree. In most cases, I have been able trace at least 6 generations of my past and sometimes more. Granted, in some cases, I am depending upon the research of those who have studied before me. But, I'm still working. Genealogy is a journey. There is always more to see; always another document to find. That's what I love about it!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on your new blog! This is exciting and you know you can count on your genealogy blogging friends for support and ideas!