I never really gave the relatives I didn’t know much thought. Then one day I clicked on Ancestory.com and have thought about them ever since. I created a tree, clicked on all the little green leaves (hints), accepted them all, built a massive tree and started reading all the great statistics and facts. Then I read them again and realized that a lot of them didn’t quite add up.
I deleted that tree, became obsessed with sourcing all information creating my next tree, became disorganized and ended up deleting that tree as well.
Then I started over, created another tree, sourced well, and finally started digging in to the facts I was so careful to prove. Then one fact lead to another place, another time, another person, and beyond Ancestory.com, to countless internet searches, to the Family History Library, public libraries, and finally to writing letters to strangers in faraway towns (and hamlets). And the most unexpected and rewarding part of all of this came along for the ride…. I actually got to know some of these people. These people that I never met, most of whom died long before I was born, had stories just beyond the facts at hand.
I can’t really explain these relationships, I guess I don’t really have to, it’s a gift to me.
So, this is an “About Me” page, so what about me? I don’t know, I’m still figuring that out, I guess in a way I am digging myself up along the way as well.