Celebrating Family History Month!

Posted September 30, 2011 by George | 78 Comments

Family History month begins on Sunday in the US, and to celebrate we are running a month-long giveaway with daily prizes for genealogists and family history enthusiasts.  Signing up is easy and there are lots of prizes to go around.

For each day of October we’ll be giving away a one-month Geni Plus account to the lucky winners, and on the last day of the month (Halloween) we will be awarding a grand prize…for now, let’s just call it a special “surprise”!

Details

Each Tuesday in October we will post a question on the Geni Blog, Geni’s Facebook page, and Geni’s Twitter account.  Users can enter the giveaway once per week by answering the question on this blog post, and we will be announcing the previous week’s winners on each Monday of October (with the exception of next Monday).

On Halloween, the last day of the month, we will post a final question; answering that question will be your entry to our grand prize for Family History Month.

Please Like us and Follow us to make sure you are notified when new questions are posted!

Rules

1 ) We reserve the right to update the rules at any time without notification.
2 ) You must have a Geni account to win. (Registration is free.)
3 ) No purchase needed.
4 ) For your entry to be valid, you must follow the steps in the “Details” section.
5 ) You must provide a valid email address in your comment on this blog.
6 ) Contests/giveaways must be legal in the area in which you live for you to participate.
7 ) If you win, you must respond within five days to the notification email to claim your prize.
8 ) Winners will be randomly chosen from valid entries. Your odds of winning depend on how many people enter the contest.
9 ) One entry per person, per question

Have fun and good luck!

Questions – Answer for your chance to win!

 

Week 1 (October 4): Who is your most interesting ancestor and why? Closed

Week 2 (October 11): How far back can you trace your family tree? Closed

Week 3 (October 18): What was your most surprising discovery as a genealogist? Closed

Week 4 (October 25): What first made you interested in genealogy? Closed

 

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  • Terry Rombough

    yes I have just liked this on facebook, waiting to join the question answering.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Kosciak/42501081 Joel Kosciak

    My great grandmother. She was
    born in Krakow, Poland and was orphaned as a young girl. Sh would work
    in rich peoples home cooking and cleaning to make a living. When she
    came over to America with my great grandfather she was pregnant, and had
    their child 3 days after arriving. She would lose her husband to
    diabetes at the age of 68. She herself would live to 92.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314381793 Christine Eclavea Mercer

    My great-grandfather, Lucio, was born in the Philippines of Spanish parents. He was part of the Philippine Rebellion against Spain, and fled to Guam in the 1890s.  He made his home on Guam and had 10 children.  I am the descendant of number 8.

  • http://twitter.com/TPFelis TPFelis

    For me, my most interesting ancestor is my 7th great grandfather Theodor. According to the family legend, he was a Greek Theodor Kolokotronis, somehow related to the famous hero, emigrated to Russia, and joined Don Cossacks, though it’s difficult to put this in line with remaining papers. The legend seems quite interesting to me, whether it’s true, or not.

    geniprise@yandex.ru

  • http://twitter.com/ynoelani ynoelani

    My most interesting ancestor is also my “brick wall”.  Paul Alexandria Whitfield, my maternal Great-Grandfather, was a man of mystery.  He was probably born in the late 1800s and my grandfather says his dad had a “secret” brief case which he was able to rummage through once as an adolescent – which had many papers/ passports and such which revealed Whitfield may not have been his true birth surname and that he was probably born or at least came from Marseilles, France.  My mother recalls that he worked as a carnie in North Carolina somewhere near their Raleigh home.  Also sometime probably in 1920s/30s he posed and was professionally photographed as the uncanny model for “Popeye the Sailorman.”  ynoelani  @ yahoo.com

  • Bradley McGuffey

    My first thought is the ones I haven’t discovered yet, which is why I keep searching. However, that seems cheating. I would say my GG Grandfather. After signing up to fight in the Civil War just 6 months before, he lost his leg (possibly in his first battle). Instead of giving up on life he went on to be a reverend and one of the most well respected men in his community. *Inspiration

  • Irene

    In my husband’s ancestry he has a pirate. You can read about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Cofres%C3%AD.

  • Anonymous

    My most interesting ancestor is my father’s first cousin. When he was 8 years old, the Nazis came into his hometown in Poland and rounded up all the Jews. He was able to escape, but the rest of his family and his cousins’ families weren’t so lucky. They all died in the Holocaust.

    For the next 4 years, he scrounged around the countryside, trying to stay alive. Some people were helpful, many people were evil. One family helped him get false papers identifying him as a Catholic Polish citizen. He also had to learn to speak Polish and recite the Lord’s Prayer.

    As time went on, he identified more and more with his Catholic family. After the war, he was baptized and became a priest. In the 60′s, he decided to move to Israel, where he still lives, as a parish priest.

  • Kristinroca

    My most interesting ancestor is my 12th great aunt Ann Alcock Foster( convicted witch Salem Witch Trials). Her daughter Mary Lacey was convicted and to save her convinced the court she was the witch not her daughter!!! She was abused in prison and died there awaiting trial-just shortly before the trials ended! Goes to show you a mother will do ANYTHING for her children.

  • Nav_rolf_az

    The most interesting ancestor would have to be my 2nd great grandfather.  He was instrumental in getting phone service to Southern Minnesota.  He knew this technology would go “viral” so to speak.  He was a great businessman.
    nav_rolf_az@yahoo:disqus .com

  • Lmgrimmer

    My most interesting ancestor would have to be Charles Augustus Oliver.  He was a Union spy during the Civil War; Chief of Police in his home town of New Brunswick, NJ; one of the First Alderman in New Brunswick, NJ; lived for almost 100 years; and all this after starting life as the local cabinet makers son with a brother who was the town butcher!

    Actually this whole branch of the family is rather interesting.  His wife Sarah was descended from some of the earliest Dutch Settlers of New Amsterdam (now New York.)  There is a family legend that has the family emigrating originally on the Mayflower (or there about).  And they may be related through marriage to Bridget Bishop, the first woman to be hung for witchcraft up in Salem, MA.

  • Dissaann

    By far the most interesting ancestor that I have “found” in my family tree is my 6th great-grandmother, Rebecca Statler (Walter). In 1756, at the age of 10, she and her siblings were captured by Indians in south western Pennsylvania. Her father was killed in the raid. At the time of the raid, Rebecca was partially scalped and nearly died from the injuries. An Indian woman nursed her back to health; Rebecca lived with the Indians for nearly 6 years before being rescued following treaty negotiations. She was reunited with her mother in Lancaster, PA but neither one recognized the other until Rebecca’s mother sang a hymn that she recognized. Rebecca lived to the age of 80. According to family lore, Rebecca always wore a head covering to hide the scars from the scalping.

  • Vishalbihani

    My most interesting ancestor is my grand grandfather who after defeating his friend in boxing who lost his life during the fight by mistake, went to trauma (mourn) and subsiquently died after few days. My Grandfather was too young. I wonder what a love for his friend.

  • Arthurleewatts

    My most interesting ancester is my great great grandfather Samuel E Hawthorne who served briefly (100 days) in the Civil War as 1st Lt of Company B, 45th Iowa Infantry Regiment. I had wondered originally why he waited to serve and then found out he was living with my Great Great Grandmother Nancy J. Duncan (Hawthorne) with relatives in Tennessee prior to the start of the Civil War.  It added a whole new dimension to the family story and to the treasure of his sword upstairs in the closet. 

  • Marilynj Horn

    Assuming that you’re interested in an ancestor discovered through our genealogical research and not someone we knew about through family stories, my most interesting ancestor (so far) is one of my 7th great grandfathers, Christopher Nutter (1640-1702), an official Indian interpreter for the British government in the colony of Maryland. He’s fascinating not only because he somehow managed to pick up several unwritten Indian languages, but also for his personal life. He tried to elope with an indentured servant, Mary Dorman, but they were thwarted and she was forced to complete her indenture before they were allowed to marry. They did marry as soon as she was free, and went on to have 8 children (which may help explain why there are so many Nutters in that part of of the country, and especially in West Virginia, where the Nutters later became one of the most prominent pioneer families). Christopher also was cited in the historical record because, years after his own failed elopement, he was sued for allowing two other indentured servants to escape without stopping them or raising a “hue and cry”. Both infractions were considered serious crimes, but he got off lightly, most likely because, as the official Indian interpreter, he would have been one of the most valuable members of the community. Despite his run-ins with the law, he must have been a respectable citizens in other respects because his home served as a meeting place for church services until a church was built.

  • Sheryl

    I have traced my paternal grandfather’s line back to the late 1700′s in northeastern Poland, the towns of Grajewo and Szczuczyn.

  • Grant Jonasson

    My earliest ancestor was born in the 1400s.

  • Rjasr44

    i can trace my fathers family back to 1700 in denmark

  • Lmgrimmer

    About 1530 for the line i have the most documentary proof of.  For other lines as far back as the 1100′s.

  • Zvonko

    1829

  • Chuck Bury

    Week Two Question:

    The farthest I’ve been able to go back is on the Putnam line my mother descends from.  The surname goes back to http://www.geni.com/merge/resolve/6000000007391699804 a Norman knight who fought with William the Conqueror.   I have seen other online trees that take the line even further back in Normandy, but I take those with a grain of salt. 

  • Ausdmr

    Does geni suffer mental laziness from inbreeding I wonder, because you people seem to still be clueless. Take a tip from Netflix and go back to the model your base has wanted since you changed your operation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fritzelblitz Anthony Whitworth

    In pursuit of a free month of a Pro account (since there is no way to get one without a credit card), my earliest ancestor I can find, goes back to about 846 AD.

    • Anonymous

      Just to clarify, the giveaway is for a free month of Plus http://help.geni.com/entries/20446976-what-are-the-features-of-geni-plus

      • Obladioblwht4

        LOL it is not even pro it is the watered down version that we got for free before!! That they don’t even advertise for anymore!!

  • http://twitter.com/jen0927 Jennifer Urie

    The farthest I have been able to go back to in my family tree is William The Conqueror.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1506177724 Krishnan Ganapathy

    KAVI KUNJARA BHARATHI

    MY MOST
    INTERESTING ANCESTER IS MY GRAND FATHER’S AND GRAND MOTHER’S, GREAT GRAND
    FATHER KAVI
    KUNJARA BHARATHI (1810-1896).

    HIS
    EXTRAORDINARY BRILLIANCE IN COMPOSING TAMIL SONGS, GOT HIM THE TITLE ‘KAVI KUNJARAM’
    (HE WAS LIKE AN ELEPHANT AMONG COMPOSERS-SURPASSING ALL), BY KING GOURI
    VALLABHA OF SIVAGANGA (TAMILNADU-INDIA) AND APPOINTED HIM AS ASTHANA VIDWAN IN
    HIS COURT; THE RAJA (KING) OF RAMNAD FOLLOWED SUIT.

    HE WAS BORN
    IN A FAMILY WITH LONG INVOLVEMENT IN MUSIC AND SCHOLARSHIP. GREAT TAMIL POET
    & COMPOSER OF CARNATIC MUSIC; SCHOLAR IN TAMIL & SANSKRIT; BEGAN TO
    WRITE POETRY IN HIS TEENS.

    ‘SKANDA
    PURANA KIRTANAS’ (1865-1870) ARE HIS GREATEST CONTRIBUTION;

    “AZHAGAR
    KURAVANJI” AND “PERINBA KIRTHANAIGAL” ARE HIS OTHER COMPOSITIONS WHICH ARE
    POPULAR EVEN TODAY.

    THERE ARE
    TALES OF HIM, CREATING A ‘VENBA’ (POEM) TO PROVOKE RAINFALL IN HIS VILLAGE AND
    A PRAYER HE COMPOSED TO CURE HIS BUFFALO.

  • Viiveselg

    On my fathers´s side I have been able to trace the family back to Lendre Rööt, born 1727-1798 in Uue-Võidu, Neu Woidoma in Estonia.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really hard to tell when it takes forever to load… sheesh.

    So far it’s the 1600s, but I’ll know more once this darn thing loads all the way.

  • Joe_rosenberg

    How far back can you trace your family tree?
    I can get back to the late 1700′s but one of my contacts says he can take us all the way back to Adam. About 135 generations!
    joe

  • Lpowell911

    On my dad’s side, about late 1700s.  Still trying to find when Powell’s immigrated to America.  On my mother’s side, I am back to 1600s, trying to clear up some confusing information I have found.

  • Dissaann

    The farthest I have been able to research a direct ancestor is starting around 430 AD with Mérovée (Merovech) the Founder of the Merovingian Dynasty who died in 457. He was the founder of the Merovingian Dynasty who governed the Salic Franks from 448-457.  The Merovingian Kings were part of a dynasty that had the longest lasting rule following the Roman Empire, and preceded the Carolingians and Charlemagne.

  • http://twitter.com/ynoelani ynoelani

    Week 2: so far i think this is my farthest dated ancestor — my 58th great grandfather - Scēafa.
    Legend says Sceafa was a son of Noah born on the Ark… but no evidence exists to support the claim…ynoelani@yahoo:disqus http://www.geni.com/people/Scēafa/6000000007337371726?through=6000000002123382261.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581305828 Beth McCall

    week 2: traced back to my 7th great grandfather and after 9 years I have found all I could.  I think I may have to go back to Germany to find more and make a trip to Scotland.  Added my family members and they helped update some info but didn’t have anything to add.  Starting to work on my boyfriends family and other friends since I am addicted to geni.com.

  • Kendra Perry

    The most ancient ancestor on my tree is Waldenus DeCochran, father of William DeCochran born in 1285.

  • Terry Rombough

    i am interested to join the competion and excited to win the prize. 

    • Anonymous

      That’s great! Let us know how far back you can trace your family tree to enter the giveaway.

  • Laura T

    I can trace my ancesters back to the 1600′s in England. 
    I found it interesting to be related to Laura Ingalls-Wilder since she was my favorite Auther and that was a dream come true even though she is only a distant relative!!

  • http://www.sean-feeney.com Anonymous

    That I still had family as close as first cousins once removed living in my grandfather’s townland in Ireland and it only took knocking on three doors to find them!

  • Josh Renaud

    I found out that my great-great-great-uncle who had died young was, in fact, murdered. He had been training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago before WWI and was killed during an unauthorized trip to the big city in 1917. here’s one of the blog entries I wrote on this: http://www.joshrenaud.com/family/archives/2008/02/the-murder-of-john-becker.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722995343 Jessica Brazle Brander

      Great murder mystery story! Unfortunate for your ancestor, but it was an interesting story to read.

  • Anonymous

    Not entering contest. Have uncovered several unmentioned immigration facts, also unmentioned births/ childhood deaths in spouse’s family line. Seems those facts were either intentionally unrevealed, or perhaps too painful to discuss, or nonrevealed because of language barrier, or perhaps parents did not feel necessary to share w/ younger family members? Though I have found names and dates, etc, we will probably never know the entire story. Fascinating!

  • Jeff Brown

    I discovered several photos & history of my Grandmother’s siblings by networking with distant relatives.  Most were lost in WW2, but I got history of a whole branch of the family which led me to other relatives here in the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722995343 Jessica Brazle Brander

    Week 3 (October 18): What was your most surprising discovery as a genealogist?My most surprising discoveries are finding the “nuts” in my family tree. The black sheeps and criminals. I have found murders in my family tree, including Jesse Wayne Brazel the man believed to have murdered Pat Garret. I also have found people involved in UFO conspiracies, Mack Brazel, and and government conspiracies, Charles Schlund. My grandpa once told me that his ancestors were either criminals or preachers. I had no idea how true that was until I started looking into the genealogy! In researching my husbands family tree I made a surprising discovery, that his second or third great grandfather and his male siblings all lived in the same area in TN yet they were almost equally divided between the Union and Confederate Armys when they enlisted. People joke about not talking about religion and politics at family gatherings, I imagine those were highly avoided topics in their family or their family may have been divided even though they still lived close to each other after the war was over.

  • Katlinel the Rockinghorsegal

    I found that I have a maternal ancestor named Thank Ye Lord (her first name)Perkins. She was a Puritan who hopped the pond to nascent America in the 1600s, and she gave her children names as unusual as her own.

  • Chris

    That my sons family (father side) goes from USA, to Poland, to Ireland to Germany, and my side from USA  to Germany to Czech. Germany is our families common ground I guess because we met in Germany.

  • Rolf Kvamme

    I am 8th cousins with President George Herbert Walker Bush

  • Adri Joubert

    Week three. I have been trying to find the link to Pierre Joubert, the progenitor in South Africa, through my Joubert line and recently discovered that he is my 8th Great grandfather through the de Wet side of the family. My maternal grandmother was de Wet! Now just to find the other link and see how else my parents are related, besides marriage! All that here on Geni. Thanks, Adri Joubert.

  • Lmgrimmer

    I would have to say that my most surprising discovery was that my father’s paternal grandmother’s line dates back to the American Revolution.  I had always been under the impression that my father’s father’s family were much more recent immigrants, say 1850 or later; not 1776!

  • Nikita92

    Being able to “GOOGLE” my grandmother (who was born in 1913) and have her actually pop up in search results..as having been related to “WALTER PALMER of Stonington Connecticut! I never had a clue!! I was so suprised to find that information..and am lucky for this day in age how much easier genealogists have it now, than those before us who didn’t have the information technology at their finger tips! Also, just for curiosity sake I decided to input” Kate Huson’s” name (the actress) into Geni and low and behold..it came up with the “Kate Hudson is your 8th great grandfather’s wife’s second cousin 9 times removed’s partner’s daughter.” What a cool find!

  • Gpmackay

    My most surprising discovery was partial confirmation of family lore that suggested my great grandfather had been strangled to death by the devil himself! When I found his Scottish death certificate there was an attached accident report which stated he had fallen off a carriage during a night time journey and the wagon wheel went over his neck instantly killing him. We’ll never know if the devil was involved but it’s pretty certain some kind of spirit was present.

  • Hillary Ghani

     My most surprising discovery was that one of my maternal grandfathers was the meanest judge in the Salem witch trials… ouch!!
    hillary.ghani @ gmail dot com

  • Joe_rosenberg

    My grandmother was the oldest of six siblings, but I found in the local city directory a birth by her mother a year earlier than her birth.

  • Zvonko

    My most surprising discovery was that my uncle, who was partisan in WW2, lived because he fell down in the snow. The bullet go thru hes hat and hit his komarad who was behind him!!!

  • Marianne W. Bowers

    The most surprising discovery was finding out that I had two relatives that died in the Auschwitz concentration camp during WW2. I learned this through a cousin I found living in Copenhagen, Denmark who had also been trying to compile his own family history. This fact brings history directly into the present and not something that happened along time ago in a distant land. 

  • Kmaag

    The most surprising discovery for me was finding out that a great uncle named Ken Card was in the movies! He appeared in 43 movies in the 1930′s & 1940′s with actors such as Tex Ritter. He appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. He also toured with the USO with “Bob Hope”. He was known as the worlds most unique banjo player, and he also was a comedian. A very exciting discovery for me!

  • Nancyannmartinez

    That my ggrandfather married my ggrandmother after his first wife (her sister) died leaving him with 2 children. We always thought they were my ggrandmother’s children. I found this out by one of those children’s grandchildren contacted me. We are now working to find some history on our ggrandfather.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=78205250 Erin Pinder Spiceland

    I discovered this week that my 4th great grandfather Major John Pitchlynn, who DAR lists as a [must-be-verified] patriot with many confirmed DAR members attached to him, actually fought for the British during the Revolutionary War.

  • Dissaann

    After I hit a brick wall on my own family tree, I started to research my husband’s family and was able to find a confirmed (Order of Charlemagne) link from my husband to King Henry I (26th great grandfather).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672610892 Nathan Watson

    I found out that my great great great great great great grandfather, William Jordan, fought with the Patriots in the Revolutionary War and crossed the Delaware with Washington, even though his father, Robert Jordan, was a Loyalist to the King of England since he was a Baron.

  • H0tsh0t_1955

    When my wife and I got married over 10 years ago, she was heavy into genealogy.She found out Wyatt Earp was an ancestor. So, I started digging into mine. I have found 3 hangings, one who was killed by Indians, some who served in the Revolutionary War, and an ancestor at the Alamo. Unfortunately, I have not been able to get past my great grandfather on my dad’s side.

  • http://twitter.com/gen_freak Leslie Ann

    Week 4 (October 25): What first made you interested in genealogy?
    I have been interested in genealogy and family history since I was a child. My grandmother had two big genealogy books and I would study them every time I went to visit. When I learned from my other grandma’s pedigree charts that I was descended from a sea captain visions of pirates went through my head – now this is going to be fun!

  • Khafeken

    I wanted to know more about my family history and thru the years only got bits and pieces from family. The first time I did a search on the internet and found relatives that I knew nothing about (had never heard of) It peaked my interest! From the it was a very slow process but I was finally putting pieces together. I wrote but never had any response. I was fortunate to be able to go to Germany and put forth a tremendous effort to contact these relatives and finally shortly before I was scheduled to leave it happened and they responded and confirmed we were 2nd cousins! I got to visit some of the names I had found years earlier. I had set a goal to find out what I could for my father and this was the break I was looking for. Only during all this he passed and I could never present all I had wanted to him. That was over 10 years ago and my passion has not dwindled. I have found much more and continue to learn and expand my family knowledge. I have found some good friends here on Geni and with there help hope to keep going!

  • Sgknan2

    because of geni, i am connected to great relatives, like musicians, poets, lawyers, politicians and came to know their contributions/achievements; also able to see rare photos of ancestors, not known earlier and get connected to many distant cousins not seen them or heard about them in the past.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BN3RGTOE56HG5MIAUCZV3W6HLE PeterA

    When I grew up I never met a blood relative in my life. 5 years ago I found my grandfather’s 1st marriage record online. That started everything. From a tree of 5 people thanks in part to geni I have over 10,000 blood relatives. This summer I travelled to my ancestrial homeland of Estonia, visited their birthplaces and finally got to meet some blood relatives – each day was something special.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Inger-Haraldsen/100001755555491 Inger Haraldsen

    Inger Haraldsen My
    great grandfather left Norway and two small children – and started a
    new family in New Zealand. We did not know anything of this untill
    summer 2010, when a cousine from New Zealand “discovered” us! Of course
    she know that her grandfather was from Norway but not that he had any
    family there. She had been resarching for years!

  • Russellmiller22

    I think that a grade school task many years ago got me interested in genealogy. One of my ancestors was E. N. COOKE and he thought he was related to Francis COOKE of the Mayflower. I tried to find out if that was true which now I am sure is not. I did find a Mayflower ancestor for my wife but none for
    me so far.
    Russell MILLER
    Vancouver WA

  • Lpowell

    I got first interested when visiting my grandfather. My step-grandmother told us about her doing geneology for local cemetary and some stories about the family. She did the interview on me and my wife and about a month later she sent a starting tree for us to start from.

  • Mary Ann Raley

    Genealogy gives me a sense of who I am, where I came from, all the things that came together to create who and what I am.

  • http://rainsberger.net Ray Clarke Rainsberger

    When I was growing up, the only Rainsbergers that I had ever met or heard of were my grandparents, my unmarried aunt, my uncle, his wife and our immediate family.  My uncle had no rachildren and my other aunt had children with a different surname.  Contrary to my mother’s family, and even Grandmother Rainsberger’s, no one ever spoke of Rainsberger kin or ancestors.  When I went to church camp (after eighth grader, I think) I was surprised to learn my counselor’s name was Richard Rainsberger!  I became curious about who these people named Rainsberger are!  Thus began my interest.

  • Christine

    MY SON! Due my son never meeting his father or fathers family, after my son started asking me question about his father and family I started searching and found Geni.com. I thought what a great way to start and finish someday his Family tree with all the information he likes to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Solomon/14215184 Joshua Solomon

    When I started graduate school in Pittsburgh, I was told of a famous relative who donated $55 million to Carnegie Mellon University and had the school of business named for him.  I wanted to research my deeper roots and extended family in Pittsburgh, then ultimately extend back to Poland on that side.  On my mother’s side, I wanted to reconnect relatives with my grandparents, perhaps having a sixth sense that one of them was about to pass on.  I ultimately found that my grandfather’s cousin lived an hour away from them after not having been seen for 30-35 years.  They were meaning to get together before my grandfather fell ill and passed on.  I think that’s my one regret, of not having found that cousin sooner.

  • Rjasr44

    I found out that my great-great grand father was Hans Christian Anderson the famour  book wrighter and i wounted to know as much information on my family. I have been able to track down his parents and grandparents and i now have filled in the time line from 1700 to now. It is not nown that my great grandfather was his father as their is no mention of him so became interested in tracking down all the information thre birth and death certificates and astablished my heritage.

  • Cory

    Well,
    I love the adventure of finding, confirming an ancestor. I love the
    hunt and everything I learn about history, geography, cultures. I
    started with the hard ones and still have some roadblocks to unclog but
    the family line I saved for last,
    because I thought I knew quite a bit about them and I did as far as the
    time they came to California. WELL, after further research I am a direct
    line descentant of Richard Warren thru his daughter Mary. We are
    leaving on a 10 trip to Cape Cod to go to libraries see local items
    related to Samuel Rider etc. It is just so exciting……..I have many
    other stories and how I found 2 Scot second cousins that I am in touch
    with regularly. Found my Moms first cousin and the family has
    reconnnected. Just love doing this!!!!!!

  • Cory

    Forgot to add one big thing.  I was contacted by the British Govt to ask for my mom and my mdna, as a mass grave in France had been unhearthed and they found Australian and British soldiers from WWI.  I have a missing cousin from Oxford, England that they were hoping was there but so far our mDNA has note matched, but there is still hope.  They said our line, because I had a long line of females documented, was a perfect for doing this type of research and identification…. Hope one day I will hear that they have identified him…. I think the name of the Memorial is Pheasant Woods in France.

  • Sweet15pea

    My fifth grade teacher had us do a family tree project back in the late 1970′s. I have been hooked ever since. I have been researching long before the Internet came along. I am now an elementary school librarian, and as a matter of fact, I just today collaborated with the fifth grade social studies teacher about incorporating a genealogy project as they study immigration and Ellis Island. So exciting!Hoping to inspire more genealogists like my teacher did! :)

  • Mary_brunson

    I would like to meet my great grandfather Alexander Doty. My grandfather Samuel Doty never spoke of him.

    • Anonymous

      Mary, 

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