You live as long as you are remembered. ~ Russian Proverb

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Welcome to my blog

Hello and Welcome!

I was going to try this with WordPress...but the site is TOO confusing. I'm way more familiar with Blogger, and I'm more comfortable here so...Here I am.

I'd contemplated for a while whether or not to make a blog about my genealogy. Did I really want to go public with it or keep it private to just my immediate family? But as I thought about it, I realized that I was probably going to limit myself to other family connections or advice from other genealogists.

I've been researching my family trees for about 10 years now. I originally started dabbling when all I had was Webtv back in the late 90s. I did a little research but I was mostly looking up adoptions. I, like most do at some point, thought maybe I was adopted, but the truth is I have a sister out there that was given up at birth. Hey it happens, ya know. It was the 60s and the stigma I guess of being a single parent was not welcome. Times have changed some ways. I did eventually find my sister and we've corresponded on and off for several years. Well she found me, but that's another story.

It wasn't until I got my first computer in 1999 that I really started to expand my searching for my roots. In May 2000, my searching took off and it's been an up and down ride ever since. I've had some successes and probably as many if not more failures, dead ends, etc. I had to put my hunting on hold for a while a couple of times, one due to my Grandmother getting ill and then another out of frustration for constantly hitting those brick walls.

I've been able to tag team with my Aunt in New York tracing down information on various websites. She's been able to share with me copies of records she had. Like my Grandfather's Naturalization Certificate, which I was looking at the other day and just realized he became a citizen a month and a half after my mother was born.

Anyway, my hope for this blog will be to share my successes as failures as I retrace sites I've already been to, review information I already have, and try to make connections. I'll be recontacting hopefully some of the people I have corresponded with in the past and make new contacts as well.

My next post will be the lines I am researching and focusing on.


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. I am glad you decided to make it public. You can get a lot of ideas and clues to aid in yur search. Plus, when you read about the problems others are having you know you are not alone with your frustrations.