Monthly Archives: January 2012


4 names i knew, 40 I didn’t, today, I added my two daughters and my son-in-law, and my grandbaby. it would be nice to have all of their documents scanned and filed, but for dates, I knew everyone’s birthdays. All I am missing is Ivy and Matt’s anniversary.

Later today, after my interview, and I will admit even before, I find a little bit of indexing for  some archived material. It is a fun sed fast way yo provide service to future generations.

I had a job interview today and I think I am looking at it like a sign. If I get it, genealogy goes back to hobby status. If I don’t, full steam ahead to the point of considering serving a Family History Mission from my home.

I am not sure what outcome I am hoping for. say a prayer for me.


Starting at the beginning – my genealogy blog


There is definitely a beginning to a family history, but really no end. Considering how many ways we are all related, you could potentially go on forever by starting a new line once you have reached the end of the one you are working on.

There are many reasons for people to do research on their family history, but regardless of your reason, there are some tried and true methods. There are good websites and wastes of time. There are free and their are paid. I personally use a combination of both free and paid, and additionally, I use Family Tree Maker software.

The two primary sites I will be using are and

Over the years, I have actually made great strides in finding family members and adding them to my tree. That being said, I have made some grave (pardon the pun) mistakes. I have not cited my sources as I should, and starting today, I will be correcting that error.

Each name I put into the family tree, when I have a document to scan, I will do so, take the copy, 3 hole punch it and put it into a binder. On the website, since recent information is still susceptible to be used for identity theft, I will be keeping it private and in the binder. Anything from an ancestor that has passed on, I will be indexing and placing on the site for other ancestors to use for their research. On the website, for my own reference and for those that wish to research me when I pass on, I will be referencing a date and page number, so the book information can be printed.

The documentation I have on myself is fairly obvious, but I will be scanning and printing them anyway.

*Birth Certificate


*Baptism Certificate

*Marriage License

I have entered the information into However, I will be using concurrently. On, there is a place to add a story and facts. Since I had a few family changes during my childhood, I will be adding the information I can think of right now to “add a story.” Later, this may clear up confusion for future generations.

It’s a start!

Remember, cite your sources!!!