When my daughter was born seven years ago, I thought about how she was like a braiding of my history and my husband’s history. All of our ancestry is tied together in her. That is when I became interested in learning more about our family trees.
In the beginning, it was all about names and dates- this grandfather was born in that year, and so on. Gradually, though, it changed. I became more interested in the lives behind the names. What was it like to travel in a covered wagon? How did she feel when her mother died? What does it mean to choose sides in a war?
Now, genealogy is like a scavenger hunt, but the treasures I find are snippets of real people. I learn a little bit more with each census or death certificate, and every person in our tree becomes more a part of the people who are still living.
Genealogy is a puzzle, an addicting, amazing puzzle. I love searching pieces and I look forward to sharing those pieces with you.