|Besides BAKER in CAN before 1800, I'm looking for WADE in NY>MI before 1800. Find WARD in CAN before 1900 and ENG before 1845. Need MANSFIELD in MI before 1880 and DECKER before 1800 in MI.|
I have spent the better part of the last 30 years researching and chronicling my family from all sides.I have researched in the National Archives through Census Records, a very rich resouce. I have tapped into the LDS Library in nearby Dover. This too is a very rich resource.The hardest part of all of the searching is not so much the search, but the focus of the search.It is so easy to go in looking for one specific surname and while you scroll, roll and click, find another surname, you know could be one of yours.So, the easy thing to do is get sidetracked into another search.
Now, I have found the internet. What a possible bonanza this could be.I have found a great many pages of hits and maybes. How do I keep myself organized.I am not really. My mind wanders, my imagination takes off.I want to go there, where they were.I have taken photos of headstones, that belong to me and some that might belong to me.I have driven through countryside in states where I know my ancestors lived and I get a strange feeling of knowing where I am or a real sense of belonging or just a welcome reality that maybe, some of what I am looking at, they saw.
I love researching, I would like to go for it all the time.I like having so much at my fingertips...I just wish there could be more, faster.Thank you Family Tree Maker. Thank you Ancestry, Inc. Thank you Cyndi's List. Thank you Roots Web and GenWeb and all the other wonderful researchers out there.All ticking away, digging and pulling our collective past together.All we need is these little bits and pieces everyone brings together to complete a really interesting vision of our history.
I am preparing a report to add to this page, which I hope will contain enough basic info of mine to help someone else and help me.I am not the only one in my family researching, thank goodness.There are several of us. We have shared quite a bit of info already.
Let me share with you an example of something that can happen while visiting a location where your family lived in the past. Visit the local library, if they have a genealogy section and ask if they have a record of visitors who recorded the names they were researching when they visited.I found two cousins this way.They had been there some 10 years earlier, but they were mine.We shared info and they filled my file faster than I could have any other way.Don't forget to make out your own visitor card.You never know!
Thank you and Good Luck to All.