16 October 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-Who's To Blame?

Randy Seaver at Gena-Musings posted his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun assignment.  This is my first time to participate, so here goes.

Randy writes:  Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end...), is to:

1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome's post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:

* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?  My introduction to genealogy came when my dad decided to write his autobiography.  He knew very little about his family.  He knew his parents and grandparents names and that was about it.  I thought this might be fun to try and help him discover who and where he came from.  My initial goal was to fill in a five generation pedigree chart.  Who could stop at that?  From there I have researched many, many generations.

Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off? No one else in the family had done any research.  I had to start from scratch.

* Did your interest stem from your child's school project on genealogy? No, but I do remember my daughter asking her dad's mother a few questions for a school project once.  I saved the letter her grandma wrote to her and it helped when I researched my husband's side of the family.

* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey. The main reason I undertook this journey was to help my dad find his past.  Over the past few years of researching I have found lots of interesting information to share with him. 

2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.   See above.

Thanks to Randy and Brenda for the Saturday Night Fun.


  1. Very nice to see how you got started. I'm wondering if your father ever wrote his paper. And, it was smart of you to save your daughter's paper from your mother-in-law. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Barbara, my dad is still alive and in the process of finishing it. He hopes to have it printed soon. I have the first half on my computer and have referenced it in a couple of blog posts.