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You Got To Love Geneology

Updated on July 11, 2011

If you want something fun to do, then go and check your family tree out. Some times you find out things that you did not know, and sometimes you learn a little bit about history. In fact that is kind of an understatement. I am a southerner and I found out my family came over from Europe and that in itself was not anything I did not expect. Then there are things I learned when I actually tried to search for records. My quest took me to Virginia where most of the beginnings of my ancestry may have started. I found out that all the records had been burned three times and so to prove my heritage might not be too easy to do. I even sought a living famly member with the name I was looking for, and he consented to do the DNA testing. I thought that was going to absolutely prove everything. I knew he and I were related, but come to find out that did nothing, but the test said that he was a member of one of possibly twelve different families all having the same last name. That made my day, but I was back to square #1 on my journey. This whole search for your family can be quite interesting. I found out on census that some of my family did not read or write, and wondering how they spelled names and all came out different. Maybe that tells us something.

Seriously over the past year that I have searched two of my families names, then I learned that I am more confused now than before. I appreciate the work people have done in researching family members and relating families, but there are some real errors out there in a lot of things. That furthers the confusion about looking up your family members. There are many who are listed as this one married an Anna but no one knows who Anna was. Well in those days record keeping came down to wills and property titles, as well as registries of soldiers and the good old census. Good luck to all of you on the journey, but I would recommend you get to know your oldest living relatives, because when they have passed on, then so goes the heritage with them. I am also finding a lot of my relative in unmarked graves. No proof of even where they were buried. I have gained a lot of information but have many unanswered questions. So I keep researching in case someday someone will open the key to the research that I need. All and all this is a lot of fun and frustration too. However, I have gained more in historical knowledge than I ever was taught in a classroom.

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