1.) A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree
2.) Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree
3.) The study or investigation of ancestry and family histories.
I am so in love with family history. I love looking over family names (all of my children have at least one name with a family connection), or hearing stories that were passed down. For instance, I didn't know until recently that my great-grandfather had the chance to play baseball, but chose not to leave my great-grandmother. Romantic, right? My husband's grandmother still has the quilt that a "grandmother" from her husband's family made while immigrating to America. I find stories like this fascinating!
A few years ago I tried to do some genealogy research, but with small kids, things happened and I got distracted and it went to the back-burner. Recently I was given the fabulous opportunity to be part of a launch team for Genealogy Revelations. I am so excited! Genealogy Revelations is run by Anna Rae, and while I know there is no guarantee, I am curious to see what she be might be able to find.
Being able to participate in this launch sparked my interest again, so I've been trying to do a little research here and there. One night I was randomly googling my grandmother's hometown, and the unique name that it is, resulted in an unlikely find. Someone had uploaded a slideshow from a historic society meeting that was in honor of my great-grandfather's brother! As I'm watching and listening, I hear the speaker start talking about the guest of honor's Cherokee Indian grandmother . . . I pause, grab a pen and paper, and start taking notes! This is one part of the lineage I had been searching for! I sent the link to my sister, who responds that she looks like the woman in my grandmother's picture, then minutes later says her husband is definitely the tall man in the picture. The names matched up to what I have on record, but she had a very traditional name, so I would have never made the connection before I found this slide show. I learned that she was "adopted" but still had access to her tribe. While I don't know the circumstances surrounding that situation, I found it interesting.
The stories were actually "as told by" my great-great uncle, and include stories he shared about his family and life in that town. I am currently trying to get in contact with his niece that compiled them. I would absolutely love to read the full version, and hear all of the personal stories about my family.
As you can see, just being put in contact with Genealogy Revelations has lead me to new discoveries! Her website and the articles she writes are very interesting, so if you like history and genealogy, you will probably enjoy the stories and photographs she shares. Be looking forward to my full review in a few weeks!
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