I always loved listening to family stories my Grandma, Grandpa, and many others enthusiastically shared with me ever since I can remember. It often seems like I surely had met them all personally and lived their experiences alongside them.
I caught the genealogy bug in 1987, when I was pregnant with my daughter. I wanted her to know all of the stories I knew and much more. I believe that one of the biggest reasons that this has been SO important to me is because of my mom passing away when I was nineteen years old and the fact that my mom and my daughter would never actually be able to meet in person.
My family tree has some interesting bends and twists, but I am truly interested in all of them. I have always and will continue to research several lines that technically should not officially “count” in some genealogy circles.
For example: I do not know who my biological father is, but I have done a lot of research on the family line of the man I call my “official father”. He was named on my original birth certificate and I honestly believed that he was my biological father for many years… after I discovered the truth and then remembered the adoption procedure when my dad adopted me and my last name officially changed. It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered that my mom and him met after she was already pregnant with me; and therefore, he could not be my biological father.
I actively research this branch of my family tree (even though it is not my biological ancestry) AND my adopted family ancestry. I believe that these branches, especially my adoptive one, obviously are important influences on me. I want to help that part of my family discover more, too.
As I develop this genealogy blog, I will share about what I am learning as I dig deeper and a lot about my particular ancestry lines, photos, records, recipes and more.
Welcome to Digging For Ancestors!