Getting started is important. In the very short time – just over a year – that I have been researching family history, I’ve learned a great deal about many ancestral lines, and become acquainted with some fascinating individuals. I’ve been mildly surprised and pleased; on the other hand, I’ve also been shocked. And, always, I couldn’t wait to share the big news. It’s just more fun that way.But the news is piling up now. This venue welcomes interested family members (and maybe others someday) to follow the story lines as the research unfolds. And, hopefully, as my skills expand, each installment will merit at least one sequel. If we have to wait until I am “finished”, you might never learn a thing. No promises about a publication schedule but I’ll do the best I can. Nothing exposes holes in your knowledge or flaws in your thinking more quickly than trying to write a narrative and properly cite your sources. That’s another motivation. Dedicated to my sisters, who saw me dipping my toe into the genealogy pool, and pushed me into the deep end. That’s what sisters do.
And to Mom and Dad — sorry I’m a late bloomer.