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Saturday, February 26, 2011

What I am up to today...Genealogy / Family history and Stories

As part of my hobby quest to document my family heritage, I am transcribing Court ordered road records from the 1790's while my DH and son are out doing their man things.

It can be slow going what with the handwriting, the faded entries, the age of the documents with their assorted creases and tears. Still in an era when many people didn't read and write, I am thankful to have them. I've even found a few of my ancestors in them.

Take a peek and you'll see what I mean (and this is one of the better copies)

What would you like to know about your family heritage??
Today's blessings:
Family, sunshine, a little rain and Coffee


Janet Bocciardi said...

Audrey - I love genealogy! It can grab your time though and leave you with nothing extra. Have you found that?

I self-published a family history on my paternal side. Next up is my Mom's side, but there's so much more info that I've been afraid to start.

So many things to do... so little time!

Audrey said...

Hi Janet,
Thanks for stopping by!
Yes, I can totally relate. I have been working on my family lines for almost 13 years. I started it when my maternal Grandmother passed away and my Mom asked me to make a heritage scrapbook with her pictures. I got so sucked into the resaerch, it took me almost 3 years to actually finish the album..however, I was able to totally document every photo..even those that weren't labeled.
The biggest reason I do it now is because my son is the last of so many of our family lines and I want him to know his heritage. I am thankful that he is so interested in it at his age. I hope he'll pass it down to his children some day.

All the best,

WellspringCreations said...

What an amazing quest! I'm glad you are so successful in your search!

Rita said...

It's so much fun to see the old documents and old photos! Great job.

Audrey said...

Hey my UWIB Teamies,
Thank you so very much for stopping by and leaving me your kind comments. I really appreciate it!
I still have a number of road blocks in the 1750's I am trying to solve but I enjoy the hunt and I adore the old pictures, tin types, Bible records and documents.

Love you Ladies!

nancyswildwirejewelry said...

I find genealogy fascinating too. A few years ago I started to search for my Hubby's family,we loved it every time we found a new piece of the puzzle.Janet is right it can suck up all your time though.
I gave it up to Hubby, he chases it now. It really has no end, you can look down all branches, a great hobby.
Enjoy! BTW I tweeted you:)

Audrey said...

Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by and for your tweet and kind comment ~smiles~
My hubby is not all that interested but thankfully my son, my parents and my in-laws are. I have met several cousins I would never have known about...found a living 1st cousin for my Dad that he had not seen in 70 years and they were able to get together last year...found out I had an ancestor on the Lewis and Clark expedition...found a cousin for my Grandfather that he hadn't seen in 75+ years and was able to get them together..that was a thrill because my maternal Grandfather was 90 at the time and they had a wonderful time talking about the mischief they got into together as kids... they let me record that and I am thankful to have them telling their stories in the own voices on tape...that inspired my Mom to do more of that and she has several tapes of Pappy singing his favorite hymns and songs and telling stories of his life..real treasures. He passed away a month shy of hs 96th birthday..
My mother-in-law showed up with a shoebox full of very old pictures and tin types. We sat down and she told me what she could about them (neither my hubby or his sister had ever seens them and had no idea who they were)...would have been family history lost. I put them in an archival scrapbook and labeled them. She was thrilled with that and the ancestry report I was able to make for her once I had that start.
She is 85.
Oh and yes, it can be consuming at times...LOL!

The Gemmed Giraffe said...

What a fascinating quest you are taking on. It is always so interesting to investigate one's ancestry.

Audrey said...

Thank you kindly Maria!!
Are you working on your family history?

Audrey said...

I have discovered some fascinating stories in my family history...some true, some not, some half true and some wishful thinking
but the quest to prove them one way or the other has been a wildly fun ride!!

How about you? Is there a family story in your line that you'd like to know more about?


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