As you begin reading my article, please note that the correct spelling for geneology is actually genealogy. It is misspelled approximately the same amount of times that it is spelled correctly when people do ancestry searches.
My family tree has many branches. When I was a teenager, my father decided it would be interesting to follow our roots back as far as he could. He began by speaking with my paternal grandmother and using what records she had accumulated. He put that information to good use and was able to go back three generations with all the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. My father also spoke to my maternal grandmother and wrote down what she could remember. That information went back two generations.
As time passed, my father gathered as many artifacts as possible to verify the existence of our blood line. He put together an official drawing that started with my parents. The branches became the map of our ancestors while the roots began to grow with my siblings and myself.
Throughout my adult life, I spoke with my father on numerous occasions concerning the family search. He told me of the archives of newspapers he had been through along with the writing of many letters to individuals he felt were actually part of the tree. I became interested in helping when my children were in junior high and asked to make their own family tree. That is when the Internet began to play an important part in the search. My father jumped on to this band wagon and was able to fill in more of the branches to make our family tree even more dense.
The Internet was a fantastic tool to use when my children created their own family tree. It was easier and less time consuming than searching through old newspapers, talking to relatives trying to get the names and addresses of heirs, writing numerous letters, etc. I helped my children gather the information they could from their grandfather and then we began working on the Internet.
We used several Internet sites to help fill in the holes that we had. Several excellent sites to locate family ancestors include:
The research experience my children attained through searching for their ancestors helped them to have a better understanding of the Internet and their family tree. The experience of tracing our family’s history has been an on-going affair. Someday I hope to put it all down in a book for other family members to read and enjoy. I encourage everyone to search for their ancestral roots. It’s an exciting adventure.