Once upon a time I thought I thought genealogy was for old people. Then as a young mother I was standing at the kitchen sink thinking about a branch of the family that I knew little about. In passing I said a little prayer and asked how I could learn more about this branch of the family that I knew nothing about. I did not think much more about it.
One day the phone rang and a family member from back East was looking for my husband's father. At first I thought the caller was a salesman and felt a little bit impatient. But, as my husband talked to him I listened to the side of the conversation that I could hear and soon realized that this was someone from that mysterious branch of the family that had interested me. This call increased my interest and I was bitten by the genealogy bug.
I am so glad that I started to gather information when I did. My search resulted in family mailing me pictures and sharing stories. (I even made a friend!) I was so excited. I was getting to know my children's roots. What an exciting ride!
But, wait, I thought genealogy was for old people! No! I can't tell you how many hours I sat with my baby on my lap at the computer searching for details. And his naps became my golden hour.
A couple of years ago I decided it was time to take a break as my life became increasingly crazy. I turned to occasional indexing as a way to still be involved.
Now as the time draws close for the 1940 census to become available my interest has again been ignited! I am so excited to look at this census and enjoy the details that it will hold. This brings me to my reason for today's post. I hope I have not lost you yet.