Genealogy.com
Starting Sept. 30, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
 
Learn more

Community

Search

Family Finder
First Name:
Middle:
Last:
 

Scratching the Surface

Updated January 19, 2002

About Our Family Research


Researching surnames: Ewing, Fuller, Price, Porter, Tickle, Bradley, Anderson, Hager, Short, Cress, Parks, Akers, Farley, Cook, Winskell, Sublett, Soblet, and Jordan.

First, I would like to say that I am new to genealogy and I plunged right in, addicted and making every mistake imaginable. After downloading the demo of Family Origins, I went straight to ancestry.com and started typing surnames in the search windows. I was amazed when one of the names I searched had parent after parent after parent listed. I followed one line all the way to 1555 and I didn't even need to write to a single courthouse, order a roll of microfilm, pay for a census cd or visit an old cemetery. What could be easier? All the work was done, all I needed to do was type the information into my new program and print out cute little family trees. The more I researched, the more I kept running into words like, "verify" and "sources". Hopefully I am slowing down a bit and figuring out what I am trying to accomplish by researching my family tree. After seeing the tree stretch out so long, I realized that it does not mean anything to me without the proof that what I was seeing was real.

My goals have changed and I'm looking at this new addiction from a different angle. I'm almost positive that my database has errors in it. From the conflicting information that I run across daily, I can't assume otherwise.
This site is a work in progress, being added to almost daily. Please bookmark this page and visit often. I would love to make contact with anyone that finds a family member on this site.

 
Family Trees (viewing trees requires 4.0 or later browser)
  • My family tree (222 KB)
    Researching surnames: Ewing, Fuller, Price, Porter, Tickle, Bradley, Anderson, Hager, Short, Cress, Parks, Akers, Farley, Cook, Winskell, Sublett, Soblet, and Jordan.
 
Related Links
 
Contact the Author


 

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
The content shown on this page has been submitted by a Genealogy.com customer, and is not subject to verification by Genealogy.com. Neither Genealogy.com nor its affiliates are responsible for the accuracy of any information contained on this page. The opinions expressed on this page are the author's alone and not the opinions of Genealogy.com.
© 2011 Ancestry.com