Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My interest in my family history started about ten years ago when my cousin Terry and I were attempting to figure out how many great grandchildren our great grandparents Bert and Eva Hanaway had. You see we are part of that number. It wasn't too long or too hard to discover that the number was about one hundred fifty-three! It took writing a few letters to some of our cousins and connecting the dots. That started my family tree interest. Today I am clearly hooked. Since 1998 I have put together a family tree that currently has over 7,100 names!
For the last year I have been working on my mother's father's family. My grandfather Bert was adopted by his stepfather so it makes obtaining some of the vital records and other information a bit difficult to gather. To complicate matters, my mother and her father were very much estranged during my childhood. No one really talked about grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles. All I can say is thank heaven for vital records!

No comments:

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!