I think there is an individual or two, in each family on this planet who are genetically predisposed to record and preserve their family history. In my family, it’s me; although I didn’t realize it until I was in my early twenties and I didn’t really get started in this rewarding hobby until my mid-thirties – about, ehmm, 13 years ago.
From a very young age, while sitting at my Grandparents’ knee or when they thought I was asleep, I would hear many a family story. I didn’t know it then, but those stories were the genesis of my interest in preserving our family history. I only realized this after my oldest son was born in 1988; by that time both sets of my Grandparents were deceased and I was saddened by the fact that my children would never know them or hear their stories.
The availability of online records has opened new doors for my research, and inspired me to seek out as much information as possible about my family’s history. As a result, I have been researching online, in-person, and through extensive letter writing to overseas archives, individuals and many other sources. Preserving my Grandparents’ stories and learning the stories of my ancestors is a passion and one that I enjoy sharing with my sons.
Family Preserves will include not only the history of my direct ancestors but also the other branches of our family tree and the stories they have to tell. It will also include some of the history of the places and times for the ancestors and entries about family traditions – past and present – family recipes, etc.
Off to ‘climb the family tree.’