Have you ever…. researched your family tree? Or perhaps you have someone else in your family to diligently captures dates times and major events for family posterity?
I have been interested in tracing both my maternal and paternal ancestors for a number of years. My mother’s family have provided a significant challenge due to their tendency to not only move about within a country, but to also irregularly move between countries and continents! Add to this a few mysterious family disagreements which resulted in Bill no longer speaking with Mary’s family and the communication bridges tumble into ruins.
As a result, my maternal tree was rather lopsided, with information only traceable from my grandmothers perspective. I knew a bit about my grandfather’s immediate family (parents and siblings), but beyond that, things were not so easy. We had a few sketchy facts, but not enough to do any serious research.
Every now and again, I optimistically run some key searches on the internet, to see if anyone else is posting any information that could assist. A week ago, I was doing just this, and I was overjoyed to discover that someone was indeed working on the same family! What excitement – after searching for so many years!
I have now made contact with the owner of this tree and as a result, have “discovered” a whole branch of my grandfather’s family that I did not know before! They too, have discovered my family! We now have much family reuniting to look forward to – what a wonderful Christmas gift we have all received!