My family research began many many years ago,
after the lost of my beloved Mother & Father.
I 1st trampled through old graveyards far & near.
I surely found alot of rocks that just laid on the
ground as a headstone not knowing who was beneath
the dirt.At that point I realized how and why we
stumble into brick walls during our research.
Since back in the old days some never had
money for headstones or even a small plaque for
our loved ones to be found along the paths.So to
the new generations that will be researching
there family tree.Here's a few simple hints of
gathering your family tree information.
Always listen and take heed to the stories of the
old and new,Keep all your pictures in a safe place
for they will tell a story that you might have
forgotten along your path into the future.If at all
possible keep a journal of your daily activites.
And and be very thankful when an uncle,aunt,nephew,
mother or father tells a story about days of old,
in a Family Bible believe me it will in the end
become a very treasured item to generations to come
when they begin there search for a leaf that sprouted
from a branch of your family tree.Oh how the ties will
bind us in our journey as we walk along and looking at
each and every rock just wondering how this little stone
that lies on the ground will bind us to our family tree.
As for me I never gave up on the rocks that I had seen so,
I kept going back to the same old graveyards just hoping
this time I might soon find a place for me to began my
journey back into the time of my ancestors old and new,
I soon came upon one particular rock that had MOTHER
carved into it. Then I suddenly realized a story
I had heard about my Grandpa Smith when his mother
my Great Grandmother died,they was so poor and
couldn't afford a headstone so he carved into a
rock with the name MOTHER.Tears began to fall
as I touched this rock and felt this tremendous
feeling that made my heart pound so loud,I
suddenly realized,this was my rock that binds
me from a small leaf that sprouted from a branch
of my family tree.
I have updated myself along this long and winding but never
ending path to local, near and far away counties,researching
in libraries,courthouses,from buying a book from Parker County
just because it had my Great Grandfather Peter Radford's
Picture and some great information about him,to retrieveing
documents suchas;birth,death,revised birth,and marriage
certificates.I also search anywhere and everywhere I can to
find information on the internet as much as possible.
Here is a few names I have submitted but I am
continuously adding to my family tree so please
check back as much as you like: