It is not easy putting into words all of the work that goes into complying information from one family much less doing it for your generations that keep on multiplying by the dozen's.
For instance, my husband's father, Dougherty, is from New Jersey, and I still don't have anything on him, but, the rest of his family is from Richmond, IN., and I have ton's of information about them, thanks to Julie one of his cousins who lives in MN. had done a great deal of work on the family. Cudos to Julie...
My family name is LaFave and I have collected information from Canada, Iowa, Nebraska and many other sources and I think that I have a long way to go to say the least. I found my grandmother's great great grandmother from a cousin
"Rosie" in Colorado, she sent me a picture of her and I look just like her!!! I was able to attend a huge Family Reunion in Texas which is the Gendeau-Gendron Family Association, my ggggrandmother's name. I was introduced to many many family members and I had a wonderful time there. Ted, the head of the association, had planned this for a long time and had a lot of fun places to see there in Texas.
My mother's family name is "Carpenter" and she was born in Illionis. I am currently working on this family name.
Every year we have a "Family Reunion" and I collect new information from the cousins...we have a very large group of people that attend this affair.
I have found a lot of information on Ancestry.com, Genelogy.com, several groups that I belong to and a lot of information form the censes that I can access from home, thank God. Mailings to different countys in different states is alot of my work. Tracking information is very difficult and takes a lot of my time.
I enjoy it because it gives me time to drink in all the things that people did back then. How they lived, where they lived, why they moved to different locations. The struggles and hardships that they endured. Death from diseases that we now have cure's for. The lack of a good education that would have helped them so much, but, we take it for granted!
Thanks to our past, it gives us a good present and helps us to plan for a better future!