What Made Me Do This?
Earlier this summer I had the chance to visit my grandparents…something I have done many times over the years but as their health declines each visit and each phone call becomes more and more precious.
On this visit my grandmother offered to show me the quilt that Aunt Clara asked her to take home to the lake just shortly before Clara passed away. (It’s hard to believe that was 2 years ago…God, do I miss her).
I posted pictures on my Instagram at the time that I got to see the quilt, and ever since then I have thought about the people who used that quilt and the woman who made it with some frequency.
When a friend on Twitter mentioned some really interesting finds in her family tree, I wondered what stories were in my family tree and how far back we might be able to search. I knew that I had seen a tracing of one side of my family Genealogy back when I was a teenager but I never really studied it and I had NO idea where that document might be.
I knew that my cousin Paulette had had that tracing done, so I knew she might have a copy of her own or her mother’s copy. I fired off a late night text, asking about the document. Hopeful that all my interesting answers were sitting in a document just waiting for me to read through. Then came her reply…she had lost her copy, and worse yet she couldn’t find her mother’s copy either. Maybe my grandmother would still have her copy, she said.
I can tell you right now I am sure my grandmother has no idea where she put that thing and the copy I saw was one my dad had 20 years ago….his filing system for stuff like this is….well, nightmarish might be the polite way to state it here.
I would start from scratch and do all four sides of my family, that is if I wanted all the answers. I knew I’d have to use one of the tools my grandfather had given me as a child if I was gonna pull this off. My Computer. The man taught me to love this thing that, at the time, let me communicate with him, draw, and learn things some kids my age didn’t know. He personally coded 2 games for me. One taught me Presidents the other quizzed me on my US States and their capitals.
Now I fired up my Macbook Pro, launched Chrome and then headed to Ancestry.com
I know the easiest thing might have been to do the Ancestry DNA, but right now that is just out of my price range. I’ll have to sort through records if I want to find and verify anything interesting. That’s okay I don’t mind going semi-old school on this.
The Lines That Lead To Me
My paternal bloodline is made up of the Watts Family and the Hallmark Family. My cousin had traced the Hallmark line before but, as mentioned above, these documents were missing and so I’d have to do my own legwork.
My maternal bloodline is made up of the Weaver Line and the Qurioz line. Mom always said her mom’s line was interesting, and that my great aunt had had it researched and the results made into nice books, but again, you should see the basement. I’ll have papercuts or carpal tunnel by the time this is over, I am sure.
Keep an eye on posts in this category if you want to join me to see what I learn….maybe my gut knew something when I joked once about commissioning a tiara for my niece….