A few weeks ago I got up early to attend a morning networking group. I was tired and achy (the day before I had painted my sister’s room) and did not want to go. However, my mother taught me that if you say you are going to be somewhere then you had better be there, so I dragged myself to the meeting.
I looked around the room and noticed a young lady who looked a lot like my sister Karen. Being tired, cranky and out of sorts, I did not pursue this thought. As a matter of fact I was in sleep mode for most of the meeting.
During the meeting a basket was sent around and those who wanted to, placed a business card in the basket. At the end the same basket was passed around and each person chose a card. This is called having a “dance card.” Now I knew I would not be dancing with anyone but it is nice to meet with someone to learn about their business over coffee.
As I picked the card out of the bag the same young lady that looked like my sister Karen exclaimed, “Oh, you choose my card!” I looked down at the card and was amazed to see that this woman, Phyllis, has the same last name as my grandmother, Martha Louisa.
We quickly determined that Phyllis’s grandfather was Joseph, who was the older brother to my grandmother. I hope you can imagine the excitement as we hugged. Later we met for lunch and exchanged lots of family history and stories.
Are you excited by your family stories? Have you delved into learning about them? A simple way to start is to review the information you already know. Record that information on appropriate forms and keep your records organized. By doing this step you should have:
· Facts and information recorded on family group records, pedigree charts and in personal and family history notes
· Organized copies of documents and family memorabilia
For a step-by-step guide to genealogy, go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Begin_your_genealogy_quest .
Family History Simplified was founded by Louise Todd, who retired in 2002 from a career working with children and families. Louise has always had a strong commitment to family and recognized the value of knowing our roots and what that brings to each individual. Upon retirement, Louise began researching her family history and recognized the passion and talent she had for research and finding those facts and details often elusive to others. Find out more at www.familyhistorysimplified.com.