I took a long break from my blog as I wanted to spend time on other interests. I am really happy with that decision as I am finally starting to find a voice with my art. I still have all my old posts on here, although now private, and have been trying to decide what to do with this space. I think I found the answer. One that should have been obvious. Maybe it was too obvious. I am a genealogy nerd. I will use this blog to document my journey. *yawn* for some of you, I am sure, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Maybe others can learn from my experiences, successes and mistakes.
Let me tell you I am in no way a professional genealogist. I pretty much just fly by the seat of my pants in every interest I undertake. When I was a little kid I used to pester my parents and most especially my grandparents for stories about what it was like “in the old days.” I loved hearing about a past world that I would otherwise never know. Plus there were things about my family that seemed different than others. Like why we were the only relatives with our surname. Well, Grandpa had a reason for that. He changed his last name… although he never officially had the other one in the first place. I’ll get to that another time. In school a teacher had us write up our family histories. I still had great grandmothers around and had a lot of fun interviewing them. At one point, when the internet was a baby and I was hanging out with my grandparents we got on their AOL (remember that? I barely do) and made a profile page for them telling a little about their lives. That was kind of the start for me.When my grandparents died it was also during a time many other friends and family members were passing away. I lost around a dozen loved ones in a ten year period. That is more than one person a year. My grief was so deep I couldn’t even really feel it anymore. I turned to making a family tree as a way to cope. It helped me to feel close to these loved ones of mine and also gave me comfort to know I was helping them be remembered for future generations.
My first step was to write down what I knew. There are pedigree charts you can get free off the internet or you can just draw one up. I wrote out my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and all the siblings and cousins I could remember. Then I went to the Mormon library and asked for help getting started. They showed me how to use their system and before I left for the day I had already found a family line using hints from my Grandpa’s stories. He had mentioned the names Drake and Manley. Looking them up I was able to trace them down to my great grandma. Since then I have over a thousand ancestor names added to my tree and am still finding and adding new ones all the time.
I am probably going to be adding to this blog very slowly. It’s not like I have exciting genealogy events popping up all over the place. I do want to make a page of suggestions for newbies and then just fly by the seat of my pants from there.