How much do you know about your family history?

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Perhaps your parents recorded your family history in a video, voice recording, journal, diary, etc. Or perhaps they didn’t. Maybe they told you stories that you’ve long forgotten, or maybe they’ve told you stories you’ll pass down to your kids or grandkids.

In any case, how much do you know about your family history? Do you wish you knew more? Will you do anything differently to record your history?

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Edstep
1 month ago

Some has been established 400 to 500 years. My wife goes in this country to the Plymouth Colony in 1621. My self on mothers side traces back through the House of Stuart in Scotland, Fathers side not so far and I am still working on that side.

Angela
1 month ago

Me and my brother have reached 1600s back in family history. We know few stories about grand grand parents.

Alexandra
1 month ago

All I know is my mother was born in Germany. She had me at 16 and doesn’t know who my father is

Lindy Maynes-Kolthoff
1 month ago

Two months ago I found a half sister and brother that I didn’t know about. I was born in South Korea in 1956. My mother Korean and my father an “American soldier” who returned to his country. I was given to a local orphanage at one month old. No info except my mother’s name. I was adopted and came to the USA in 1957. Through 23andMe and Ancestery.com I have now connected with some relatives!

Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

On my Dads side a lot. A cousin traced the family back to 1600s Wales, through a land grant to the colonies, the Revolution, growth of the country, Civil War and up to that day. It was all put in a book we could get copies of and I have been keeping our branch up since then. 

My moms family not too much but I plan to do some work on that. Need to find the family bible where everything was written down. My cousin that had it passed away a few years go. Maybe his son has it.

Sharon B
1 month ago

I was closing out a safety deposit box as I am getting the house ready to sell. Yes I am finally going to take the plunge on the road, but will also get a small place for my anchor. Reading your ‘Thought for the day.’ just clarified how great this move will be!
“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be.” – Steve Pavlina.

Firefighter Tom
1 month ago

My 40+ year old son has traced the family back to the 1520s. Had distant relatives fight in the Civil War and even received the Purple Heart. I looked at the “tree” and it’s big, but off the top of my head I couldn’t tell you the name of anyone except my aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

KellyR
1 month ago

Father’s side came to the not yet USA from Germany in 1728 – Pennsylvania and on to Illinois. Mother’s side came a bit later from Germany – Pennsylvania and on to South Dakota where they were a part of the Homestead Act and first lived on their land in a cave in the side of a hill, then built a sod house, and on to an actual house and farmstead. I have seen cave location and footprint of the sod house. Farmers on both sides.

Jim Collins
1 month ago

I have traced my lineage back to 13th century relatives, thanks to the Mormons, lineage helpers,

cee
1 month ago

My mom’s side is back to the 1500’s and dad’s side is in the 1400’s.
My mom did a lot of work on our genealogy by talking to relatives, writing letters, viewing records held by the Mormon church, visiting courthouses, information in family Bibles, etc. The internet and PC’s weren’t available to the public yet. When she passed I picked up her work and entered it in Ancestry Family Tree software. And then continued with the search for documentation on ancestors. The family story became clearer after I had everyone in the Family Tree, I could see how we all fit together.

I bought the Family Tree software but have never paid for the subscription services like Ancestry. FamilySearch.org is free and run by The Church of Ladder Day Saints. Scrutinize what you fine online, back it up with documentation.

Last edited 1 month ago by cee
Marvin
1 month ago

For the people that have been put off by high-priced genealogy websites, take another stab at your family history, but use https://www.familysearch.org/ instead. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS also maintains genealogy libraries all over the country.

There are many tools for researching your family tree that don’t cost a dime, and make the search fun and interesting. https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy is a site maintained by the National Archives and a great place to start.

We also keep an eye on the Findagrave website. As we travel, we have stopped and looked at the graves of important figures from the past. Here’s Satchel Paige: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1425/satchel-paige

Even as so many facilities are closed to the pandemic, there’s lots you can do to research your history.

Us? We currently have 6,250 people on our combined trees. I’ve never paid a dime to ancestry sites.

Elizabeth Ann Stafford
1 month ago

I am a member of Ancestry, as well as a member of The Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR). I found out, after my mother’s death, she was adopted (she never knew) and that we have figured out her mother’s line, and might have an idea of her father’s line, but not 100 percent sure. DNA doesn’t like though. Wish we had her dna to confirm. So the family we thought we had, was not blood, but still family.

Alan Wood
1 month ago

On my fathers side, I can go back to 1809 in Canada. From there they traveled to New York, where they eventually sold the farm and took the Eire Canal to Wisconsin and settled down just south of the city of Green Bay.

Sink Jaxon
1 month ago

Interesting poll…I know a little about my Grandparents on each side, where they lived and what the did for a living but nothing before that. All pretty boring so I never dug any deeper. I wonder what my grandkids will say about me when I’m dead and gone.

David Johnson
1 month ago

Before they died, my parents did lots of research…going back at least 13 generations on each side. Because of their work, my family recently went to Sweden (where my dad’s family was from) and met my 3rd cousin! We had lots of help from the Swedish Genealogy group on FB to make this happen.

Diane Mc
1 month ago

Both sets of grandparents came here from Italy. Paternal Grandmother was an orphan. Mother died at birth. Father murdered. She came here at 16. Her Paternal grandfather had all already made it here. Hate working the mines in PA, so came to Colorado to work on the railroads. In Salida area. He asked a friend to ask my grandmother if she wanted to get married. Yes, if he bought her dress & shoes. 6 children. Both lived into their 90’s. Know little about my Mom’s family. Grandmother died in her 50’s of a congenital heart problem. Grandfather lived to 100….was an alcoholic. Never met him. They had 15 children. My Mom youngest of girls. She is still living at 92 and the last of her siblings. Only met a couple of my aunts. No uncles. I’ve thought about doing an ancestry thing, but not sure what I would find from Italy. My paternal Aunt Pauline did document their side of the family for us. And I remember her stories. Most of my aunts/uncles lived into their 90’s.

wanderer
1 month ago

Poll widget still doesn’t work.

Charlie Marken
1 month ago
Reply to  wanderer

I had the same problem for 4 days last week. I finally cleared my cookies and cache from my browser. Now I can access the polls just as I always had. Hope that works for you.

J. J. MAHANY Jr
1 month ago

For past 7-10 days I have not been able to fully open the “poll”.

Patricia Panuccio
1 month ago

I was adopted and at age 45 my birth family got in touch and it has been a magical ride ever since.

T Edwards
1 month ago

Interesting history on both parents side. Mid-1800’s they arrived as undocumented immigrants, entering “illegally” across the U.S. northern boarder and settling into communities of their national origin. My father’s side, they came in the 1600’s to NY, moved to Georgia & then back to Europe to escape the Revolutionary war, returned to the U.S. again in 1850 & back to Europe for the Civil war, returning again after the war.

Bob p
1 month ago
Reply to  T Edwards

I think I would’ve kept that to myself.