I'm a 20-something-year-old who stumbled into the world of genealogy all because of a scandal.
Today would have been my grandfather’s 104th birthday an tomorrow would have been his 78th wedding anniversary.
My grandpa lived a long and full life. He was a kind hearted and spirited man. He loved my grandmother dearly, every day of her life and beyond. He was a never ending source of witty and corny jokes. He gave me fruit on Halloween, underwear on Christmas, and dresses with matching gloves and bonnets for Easter. He loved Pecan Sandies and peach milkshakes from Hardees. He once remarked that he had been alive for every decade of the 20th century and I realized how much he had experienced.
I like trying to picture what life was like in 1909 on that fall day when my grandpa was born. My great-grandma, his mother, was born almost exactly 100 years before me. I wonder what thoughts were going through her head as she gazed at her new son at this time of night 104 years ago.
Hello blog. It has been a while since I have updated you. My life has been filled with lots of changes over the last few months and I am ready to get back into genealogy.
The other day I was searching around on Etsy for a birthday gift and, as I often do, I plopped ‘genealogy’ into the search box. I not only found a perfect gift (for someone who threw away the family genealogy research, no less! gasp!) but found a bunch of neat templates to display a family tree. I want to get artsy and create my own and I found some great ideas.
As far as research I haven’t been doing much. I let my Ancestry membership lapse while I was moving and getting settled into my new job. I plan to renew it soon, but not quite yet. I have been enjoying the updates from my DNA test with 23andMe. I have recently learned about what the ratio between the length of my index and ring fingers means, an updated report about my risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, and my odds of developing narcolepsy.
I’m still hoping a male relative will take the DNA test so I can have record of the Y-lineage, but we shall see.
Since I started researching I have debated about the pros and cons of keeping digital vs. physical records of my research. Right now almost everything I have accomplished is in digital form. While this is more earth friendly and takes up less space, I do sometimes wish I had something tangible too. I made a Shutterfly photobook of old photos of my grandparents and it turned out wonderfully. I’m contemplating making more.
Update coming soon :)
I have had great luck ordering photo items from Shutterfly. A few days ago I created a print of a vacation photo to decorate my apartment and noticed they were offering a special on photobooks. I started a genealogy book a few months ago but never finished it. This sale renewed my motivation!
I should have it in about a week and I’m very excited to see how it turned out. I’ll share some of the pages one it arrives.
A few weeks ago I received a match notification from 23andMe about another user who appeared to be a 1st/2nd cousin. I was intrigued by this because I think I know who all of my 1st and 2nd cousins are, and I wasn’t aware of anyone else who was delving into the family history.
This evening I indirectly figured out who it was. I’m excited to see where this goes because it sounds like there may be some interesting genetic traits to compare!
Over the last few months I have been having trouble fitting genealogy, and as an extension – this blog, into my life. In the next two weeks I hope to be back on track :)
I have always loved Colonial Williamsburg and walking through such historic streets. It’s such a neat combination of old and new (and some new made to look old).
The Colonial Williamsburg website indicates that 88 of the buildings are original, including the Bruton Parish Church pictured above. The cemetery around the Bruton Parish Church was unique. Many of the stones are right up against the brick path around the church. I was especially intrigued by the bench built around one of the stones!
The Governor’s Palace (in the first photo) was home to the following Virginia governors: Alexander Spotswood, Hugh Drysdale, William Gooch, Robert Dinwiddie, Francis Fauquier, Norborne Berkeley (Baron de Botetourt), John Murray (fourth Earl of Dunmore), Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson. The structure burned down in 1781 and excavation of the foundation and reconstruction took place in the late 1920s and early 1930s (citation).
I’m still exploring if I have any ancestors who lived in Williamsburg :)