Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who's to Blame?
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.
I have probably told this story before but GENEALOGY has been a looming monster in my life for a very long time.
MY BLAME IS TWO SIDED FIRST IS MY MOTHER:
My first memories of genealogy related conversations were:
1. My mother's pride of telling me we were related to English Royalty. She reveal this relationship was by means of the Chapin lineage.
2. Grandma Hayley giving me a little note stating we were Chocotaw. In the note: she included addresses of cousins that were registered. She mentioned Grandpa Hayley did not want her to register when the time came to register.
3. Grandma Hayley telling me how very astonished she was when her mother, always known as Birdie, told her name was really Susan.
SECOND IS THIS BURNING QUESTION4. 4. My father telling me we are unaware of where the surname HAYLEY originated because his grandfather left home at a young age.
5. My mother giving me Grandma Celia Hayley's Bible when she died.
6. My aunt of LDS faith was always discussing our genealogy.
7. Grandpa Reed gave me photos, names, and letters about 1978, when Grandma Reed became very ill.
8. I have a nephew interested and he keeps me encouraged to continue.
9. I have met some incredible new friends that makes genealogy more fun.
10. My education and occupation experience made genealogy a good fit for me.
11. I was given our DAR data in about 1982. I think that is the reason Grandpa Reed had the photos, names, and letters available because I know he supported several girls in the family to research their lineage.
12. In 1984 I gave my family genealogy books based on my mother's family and my brothers always asking me if I was continuing my genealogy research.
I was always too busy raising a large family, working full time, involved with community and church work. But here I am: Spending hours and hours researching my family.
I have found many "fellow family historians" and many have left ME notes in their writings. I just love when I see
MY NOTES FROM BEFORE MY TIME
I was just reading one today as I was transcribing some data; It stated "
Nothing further is known of this marriage......The family moved......and has been lost to our part of the Mooring family. The material collected here may not all ......but has been listed in hopes that it may produce leads to her descendants. "
This is not the first "note" to me that I have found!! I could go look up other "notes" to me. This was from a book written on the Moorings, I have seen similar "notes written to me" in books written about the Chapin and also the Dykes families. None of these lineages nor family histories are written by the same authors, about the same families, or from the same region of the country. But they all left "notes to me". I will be sure to write notes to future researchers in my books also. These authors knew I was going to their notes.
Do you think THEY COULD BE TO BLAME???
Just another one of those little surprises when doing your research. I want to write back to them. Thank you for my leads and thinking of me......