I’ve loved doing Genealogy Research and preparing Family Histories since 2004. Here is the way it all came about.
One day my husband and I were visiting his father, who happened to mention that he had a number of family birth and death certificates that he had managed to obtain during a trip to England (my husband’s parent are English). He said he was curious about his family history, but would likely never know the real story of his ancestors.
Always up for a challenge, I jumped in with both feet, and offered to do some research for him. His eyes lit up as he handed over all his documentation.
Back in 2004, there were scarcely any resources available to do this sort of research, short of trawling through Microfilm records. Because I live in Canada, I knew I wouldn’t have access to British records taking that route. So I had to get inventive. I had heard about the Mormons’ vast database of genealogy records, and was fortunate enough to live in a city where there was a Mormon Church and Family History Center. I had to book an appointment and a helpful person there advised me how to do online research. They had a subscription to Ancestry.com which they made free to the public.
Well, I was off and running! I worked backwards, finding connections as I went. That experience opened me fully to the mystery and joy of searching for one’s ancestors. Birth records showed mothers’ maiden names, Marriage records often had parents names’ of the bride or groom as witnesses, and Death records often gave cause of death. All in all, little slices of life that began to constitute pictures of lives lived.
Sadly, my father-in-law passed away last week. But the hefty Family History provides a lasting legacy for the entire family.