Three years ago I got the bug to go searching for my family roots. Since that time I have discovered that some family myths have an elimant of truth and things are not always as they seem.
My search is continuing and I have found that the door on the Choate side of the family can be opened. With just a picture and no dates I now have birth months and years for my Great Grandfather and his family. John T. Choate (not Joseph as was once thought) and Julia were married for 30 years at the time of the 1900 census. They also had 8 children, with six surviving at the time of this census and this is the picture which has come down in the family. The three sons behind their father and the three daughters behind their mother.
I have two Great Grandmothers named Julia and a Great Grandfather named Charles and a Great-Great Grandfather named Charles as well. It goes well with my own life in that my mother and my mother-in-law have the same name - Helen and my stepfather and father-in-law are both Rays -- although my father-in-law preferred Raymond.
I love all my names: Lawrence(married name), Choate, Carlton, Dubbs, Hargis, Vaughn, Webb, Harter, Hamm, O'Neil and more to come I'm sure. I'm fascinated by the thought of having a little bit of all these folks in making up me.
I will continue to add to my "home" page and as I become more knowledgeable about it's uses it will be an interesting place to visit.