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Old 05-19-2013, 07:17 PM
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Yes I do - genealogy is as addictive as quilting. I spend hours researching genealogy, then hours more reading QB. there is just not enough hours in the day, I live in New Zealand and my forebears come from England and Scotland . Sometimes I
even do some housework !!!
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:47 PM
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My mother's paternal side was done years ago. We found a "book" someone had done on her mothers maiden name, and that was helpful. My father's paternal side has been much more difficult...sadly there is no one living to give info. Have discovered a ton of info through Familysearch...sent away for some certificates, and done a lot of online searching. Haven't really tackled dad's maternal side yet. DH family is mostly done....and yes...it is addicting!!! So far no "famous" lineage...lots of shady characters, and "that explains a lot" moments!!
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:54 AM
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I wanted to start mine and I went on Ancestry.com and it was only going to give me a one week trial. Then I had to pay.. so I quit. We don't have the money for that since I wouldn't be able to look into it steadely. It would be just a hit and miss when I have time. When the grandgirls are not here and these days they are here alot but they grow so fast I don't want to miss out on them.. lol... sooooo I don't know.. I really do wish I could find out stuff about my family but maybe it wasn't meant to be... who knows...
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:06 AM
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Oh yes - I love it. Haven't done much lately but every little bit I learn adds to my information. My ggrandfathers name is on the wall at Ellis Island. He was from Sweden. His wife was blind (in her later years). I have American Indian ancestry but cannot locate tribe (you would never know it by looking at me). I have found cousin and occassionally write to them. I work and also do alot of overtime. So - with my quilting, being in charge of Youth Camp Crafts, taking my Mom to town and anywhere she needs to go I don't have alot of time. I did have a subscription to Ancestry which helped alot but I'm trying to become debt free before I retire and so have cut back on some of the "extra's". Good luck to everyone working on their's. Oh-by the way. My best friend (for over 40 years) found out that both our ggrandmothers maiden name is Mary Shipman. Both from Illinois. Small coincidence but I don't think their from the same family line. We haven't found that out yet. Would be great if we were. Well - having said all that I need to get back to work.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:56 AM
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My Dad started ours when my Grandmother talked about working on hers (Mom's mother). They went to the library back then and wrote dozens of letters to known family and received copies of old (18 & 1700's) wills and land grant certificates. He compiled all of what he learned in a binder and I got it when both parents passed. The year my Mom passed I joined Ancestry and began inputting all of what my Dad (and Grandmother) had collected. I was blown away when I started getting the "leaves" showing more information on each person. My Dad had traced his side of the family back to ties to the Magna Carta! I have met (online) a cousin from Oklahoma. Dad had always told me his Dad had brothers who moved out west. So neat to make contact of family you never knew! I haven't had the Ancestry membership in the last couple of years but after reading all of your comments it makes me want to get back at it!
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:28 AM
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My husband has been doing genealogy for more years than I can remember......he has now published more than 95 books at 79 years of age. This is his passion, he retired at 55 and has been doing this full time since then.

I enjoy doing genealogy, but not like he does.

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Old 05-20-2013, 11:41 AM
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One thing I will recommend to people who have traced their family trees. Put a copy of the family tree minus living people in your local library if they have a genealogy section or store that type of information. Also include old photos with their names if you have them. Also give a copy to you state's Dept. of History and Archives genealogy section. A friend of mine has her family tree from South Carolina to Mississippi to Texas. She went over to that Texas county and found information in a small town local library with pictures of ancestors. She was thrilled.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:10 PM
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A member of my mother's side of the family did a Genealogy research and published a book on it. She traced our family all the way back to King James I of England. I am one of the 12th generation of it .
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JLMiller View Post
I wanted to start mine and I went on Ancestry.com and it was only going to give me a one week trial. Then I had to pay.. so I quit. We don't have the money for that since I wouldn't be able to look into it steadely. It would be just a hit and miss when I have time. When the grandgirls are not here and these days they are here alot but they grow so fast I don't want to miss out on them.. lol... sooooo I don't know.. I really do wish I could find out stuff about my family but maybe it wasn't meant to be... who knows...
Try search for site that are free, there has to be some out there. Also, maybe this is not the time to look and the future would be better. The past won't change if you have to wait a bit.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:29 PM
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My sister, cousin, and I have been working on family tree together on Ancestry.com. On my mother's side there are no aunts, uncles, or cousins. In fact, there is only my sister, me, and my two children. Through our research on Ancestry.com, we have found relatives on our grandfather's side that we didn't know about. We have been invited to a family reunion in August that we might just attend. We also have found a photo of our grandmother and great aunts that we had never seen before. Very interesting.
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