Sunday, February 14, 2010

I've been on a treasure hunt.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've become interested in tracing the family tree. I got a  2-week free trial on a genealogy search website, and I've been gaining as much information as I can into these  last 2 weeks. What a fascinating experience it has been!

I searched my own family tree back about 3 generations before I got stuck.  Then I started on my husband's family.  (That's his grandparents pictured on the left.)  I was plugging along at a snail's pace and then I came across an entry that tied my husband's family tree into another.  They were long lost relatives about 10 times removed of course, and I don't know who did the research, but with their help I was able to trace his family tree back several generations in Canada and then a couple more into France. There were names and dates from the 1600's!  What an unbelievable treat!

This weekend I talked to my inlaws and shared what I had found. I was able to show my mother-in-law a copy of her birth and baptismal record as well as her mother's and her father's. She was thrilled, and told me it gave her goosebumps.

The only problem I have right now is figuring out how to document all that I have found.  Once you get beyond a couple of generations there are so many names to keep straight and organized.  What a fun problem to have, though. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Looking back....

The old photos that I came across at my parents house have really got me interested in documenting the family tree.  All of a sudden, I'm am totally addicted to genealogy!.  I joined a popular online site where you can search the census and other vital statistic records and I have been slowly putting together the pieces of family history like a great big puzzle.

Here are a couple more photos from my family's photo stash. 

This is my dad at about age 12, singing in a local talent showcase.

And this is my dad again, at his First Communion, alongside his little sister.

We also found my Mom's First Communion photo. 

Both of my parent's kept scrapbooks through their childhood years, and I can't wait until we have time to sit and look at them together.  Right now it's mostly boxing things up and getting ready to move.

Wonder if he's dreaming about Puppy Love

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