I started doing genealogical research because I knew so little about my family background. I was told I was 100% Irish and that everybody on both sides came over to the US during the potato famine in the 1800's. I was told that even our family name - Anderson - was Irish, as in "Andrew's son" rather than Scandinavian. I've learned that almost none of that is true.
I didn't even know my grandparents' names because all of them were deceased before I was born. I had lots of questions about my mother's adoption and my father's Kentucky roots. And I want to gather information for my children and grandchildren.
My husband has a large extended family, and the family had boxes and boxes of inherited scrapbooks and photo albums which were gathering dust. Someone had to step up and see what was inside. So we have jumped in together to find out about my family "from scratch," and to categorize and organize what his family already had while uncovering lots more information.
What I like best isn't the dates and statistics (I'm really terrible with numbers!), but the stories such as finding out who moved from here to there and why? I also enjoy the intellectual challenge, the puzzle, when only partial information is available...and that's always the case in genealogy. It's been a steep learning curve, and I still have a tremendous amount to learn - the formatting on my profiles doesn't begin to meet Wiki standards.
But I love the idea of connecting us all into one big family tree - how can that possibly be a bad idea??
I have a Master's Degree in English and wrote my thesis on the Harry Potter Books, so I just HAD to get a Sourcerer's badge. Hooray for Wikitree!
Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
On 1 Sep 2018 at 20:23 GMT Michelle Enke wrote:
Here is a link to the article on Newspapers.com. You may need a subscription to view it (I am not sure.) Your local public library may have a subscription. I don't want to post the digital image for I fear it is under copyright. The link is very long. https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/26422824/?terms=%22Library%2Bprogram%2Bcontinues%2Bsunday%22&pqsid=wC38GMgeIKG6n-wMj4u7Cw:15000:1276095850
On 7 May 2018 at 02:37 GMT David Selman wrote:
Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!
Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential.
Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or topic. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.
Add the project tag to your Following list to be kept up to date on any activity that occurs for that project.
Can't find what you're looking for? Let me know, and I can make some suggestions! :-)
David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter
On 8 Mar 2018 at 12:30 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:
Here is a link to tell you how to create a Free Space page for the documents you mentioned in your email.
Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help.
On 19 Feb 2018 at 09:14 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:
On 18 Feb 2018 at 21:00 GMT Cindy (Williams) Lesure wrote:
I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?
We want to help! Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.
Cindy ~ WikiTree Mentor
On 10 Feb 2018 at 17:59 GMT Sylvia Benton wrote:
Now that you've been with WikiTree for a week or so, I wanted to check in and see how you were doing. The New Member How-To's are for you to look through if you would like. I hope you find them helpful.
If you have any questions about how WikiTree works, don't hesitate to ask. Click on my name above and ask in the comment section of my page.
Sylvia ~ WikiTree Messenger
On 3 Feb 2018 at 16:16 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:
You are now a full member and can add your family to the big tree!
Start with our New Member How-To pages. These will save you a lot of time and answer many of your questions as you begin to add your family tree.
We are delighted that you have decided to join us and hope you will have many pleasurable ancestor hunts!
Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!
p.s. Sometimes links don't work in emails. If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile as the links will work from there.