October 17, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun...Who's to Blame?

Good MORNING Sunday-
From Randy At Genea-Musings:
Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end...), is to:

1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome's post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:

* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?

* Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off?

* Did your interest stem from your child's school project on genealogy?

* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.

2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.

Hmmm, Well It really all started with my now 29 year old - Eric’s 10th grade class project regarding a family history assignment. We started to gather Spencer & Raeburn information. The Spencer family history was pretty well documented already, but it did need some tweaking. We received some Raeburn family info from my Aunt Barbara-Dad’s sister. This really got me curious, suddenly there were names I had never heard of. She gave me a visual of many family members. This was awesome, I had been so much younger than the rest of the family I didn’t know them.....but it was put away after the class assignment....until.....

My sister was pretty much the sole care giver of our mother as they lived together. When Mom’s health started to decline- Kim needed a outlet, online where she could quietly do something or communicate quietly. So then two of us were IM-ing... a lot. I had to be doing something ‘productive’ so I started in on the genealogy and realized I really was very intrigued with it and haven’t been able to put it down since. I have learned a lot of Do’s and Don’t s, & How Tos. I have met a lot of people online, some of whom I have met in person and maintained a friendship with which I hold dearly.

All in all a pretty enriching hobby huh? ; )


  1. Kathy Sterzer FarrellSunday, October 17, 2010

    It all started with a top ten list. I had a new computer. In 1995 computers aren't what they are today. Every week I would go through the old Sunday newspaper magazine "Parade" and check out their top ten websites of the week. Most did not interest me but one Sunday the LDS familysearch site made their list. I typed in my paternal German grandfather's name. Some of the info was correct but part of it was so wrong. It didn't completely jibe with what little information my father and aunts and uncles had related to me as I was growing up. Next, I dug out a list my maternal grandmother had made years ago about her ancestry. I didn't get a hit on a name until a 2nd great-grandfather. I had no idea if the information was right, wrong, or the figment of someone's imagination, but I was completely hooked. I had to find out the truth about these faceless people. It's been a wild ride over the past 14 years, but I've found a lot of new friends and relatives along the way. I still have plenty of brick walls, but hopefully, these, too, will tumble down. My mom's ancestors have been in America since the early 1600's so I got a fantastic education on American history along the way.

  2. Crazy stuff isn't it...coming from the girl-me who couldn't stand boring ol' American History in High School! Now it all fascinates me! And I have a long way to go.

  3. Happy blogversary my friend. God bless you!