New family connections!
I recently came across an easy build-your-family-tree site. My mother had expressed a wish to be able to do some genealogy work long ago, long before the ease of the internet. As a way of feeling connected to her and doing a good family-deed (something Very Unlike me, btw!) and beginning to construct the tree “for the family”. Mom’d be proud!
So of course something like this isn’t nearly all that much fun all alone, so as soon as I had the basic of the immediate family I eagerly forwarded an invite to my dad and my brother & sister-in-law. Goody! Now we’ll start getting all of our eyes on this, have something to share, be able to fine-tune it and.. pass along a gift to the next generation! (I’m so damn proud of myself for finding a way of ‘connecting’ with my brother!!)
The assurances turned out to be insufficient. A request to remove her and my brother’s birthdates came. Sadly, I tried to assure, while also removing the data. I hoped the assurance (and the invitation to try to ‘google’ the info to test the security) would allow her to relax and soon, very soon, join in the fun of building family data and sharing a purpose! YAY!! My family! Together! Yesssss!
Now came the next request. I now needed to remove the girls’ identifying information and all the names. I also needed to start calling her by a fully formal name (Like, e.g., no longer “Vicky”, now it was “Victoria”). (Okay, those things were only connected by timing and the same email, but it all hit me really badly!) Now it was time for me to go to work!
After cleaning off the account on the website I’d invited her to, I simply recreated the data under a new account. I informed “Victoria” of this. Then I smugly waited for her to ever write back to me.
All right. Smug isn’t all that satisfying
…when all your doing is waiting. That’s when I decided that I still wanted to make Mom proud. I decided I might as well get kinda serious about this. Maybe I’d have more fun that way, too!
Since then I really have found a more advance genealogy site (ancestry.com) that is fun and pretty easy to use. I reloaded all the info I had – immediate family. I then was able to do researching of historical source data on the site and confirmed a bit more information. It was going to be a dabble here, and a dabble there. Until this morning!
This morning I dug through a box of old pictures I have from my gramma. I came across her sister’s full maiden name in a book. I entered that in the family tree.. and Holy Crap… Suddenly I have a link to FIVE generations of family on the Swedish, mom’s mom’s side!! Now I am really enjoying this search! I just have to be careful not to get too rabid!! Sleeping is still good! 🙂
Oh… And in all this.. I just learned to use my scanner. Now I can store & save all the old family photos, too!
(I sure wish I’d taken better notes when Gramma was telling me who was who!) THIS is my great gramma!!