Category: Genealogy

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me
With all of my grandparents gone, and with the passing of my maternal uncle over the summer, I know many of the stories I hoped to hear are lost for good. So, I did it. I purchased a DNA test from ancestry.com, the site with my family trees and where I do most of my... Read more »

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then
Several years ago, I started doing my family’s ancestry research on Ancestry.com. I’ve learned about my great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. I discovered two maternal ancestral lines that trace back to Colonists-turned-Revolutionists back in the 1770’s. I’ve even discovered that I am a direct descendant of William Brewster, elder of the Puritans and... Read more »

Genealogy Research: The inevitable family scandal

Genealogy Research: The inevitable family scandal
I’m pretty sure that if you dig deep enough into anyone’s family history you are going to find it; dirt, filth, SCANDAL. I didn’t have to go back very far in my genealogy research to find my family’s scandal. I never knew him, but it seems that my Grandpa Fred has a very interesting story.... Read more »
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Genealogy Research: Using detective skills to find my great-uncle

In a previous genealogy post, I mentioned that my maternal grandmother alluded to having a brother she never knew. She never mentioned his name, and I only recall her talking about it once. I asked my siblings about it, and they had never heard this story. (Why I remember this story is nearly as big... Read more »

Genealogy Research: What happened to my great-grandfather?

This is the third post in the series discussing my years of genealogical research. You can find the other posts here in the Genealogy category. What happened to my great-grandfather? This question should really be “What happened to all the men in my mom’s family?” Both of my grandfathers (paternal and maternal) were dead before... Read more »

Genealogy Research: My top 5 challenges doing genealogical research

Genealogy Research: My top 5 challenges doing genealogical research
I know I promised to tell you about my great-grandfather and whether, or not I found him. However, in order to explain how I found him, I needed to write this post about the top 5 challenges I face in my genealogical research. Knowing what these challenges are and anticipating them may save you some... Read more »
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Genealogy Research: Learning about my fascinating ancestors

Genealogy Research: Learning about my fascinating ancestors
I have been intrigued with genealogy for years, but didn’t have the time or resources to do the research. With the the advent of the internet and the incredible databases now available online, I have spent hundreds of hours in the last 4 years building my family tree. I am not a fan of how... Read more »

Why I cried while reading my family history on ancestry.com

With my mom and grandparents gone, my dad and uncle “getting on” in their years, I decided it was time to get busy knowing my family before all the stories were lost. So, a few years ago, I started building my family tree on ancestry.com. This is the story of why I cried while reading... Read more »