How would you like to take a trip back in time? In later years and after my retirement, I had considered looking back in my family history, but really had never settled down to doing anything about it. About ten years ago, I began doing some genealogy. I had a friend who had retired and had already begun her research. At that time, my computer didnít have a modem so I had to go elsewhere to go on line.
Maryanne, my friend, finally talked me into meeting her at the Mormon Church in Leesburg. She had moved to West Virginia and Leesburg happened to be a good in between place for us to meet on a monthly basis. We would have lunch and do a bit of genealogy. She and the lady at the church helped me get started.
Once I found a familiar name in their files, I was hooked. One thing led to another and I was consumed with the idea of tracing my family roots, particular my fatherís. He was from London, England.
I did a great deal of research, but was terribly disorganized. I would get so excited about finding a link that I would forget to write it down and then I didnít remember where I had seen it.
Well, Maryanne died as a result of an automobile accident and I didnít continue my genealogy. I always said that I was going back to it but actually didnít know where to start. I had mounds of information in no special order. Iím talking boxes and boxes.
One day, Walt Peterman, a Senior Center Council Member, announced that he was going to begin a Genealogy Group. And, so he did. Luella Faucett from the Dale City Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, is teaching us how to access the internet for purposes of genealogy.
I was so surprised at how much information was available on the web. I found where my grandfather had petitioned for his naturalization papers. I also found his name on the Ellis Island List.
We sure have come a long way since I began my genealogy 10 years ago. I didnít have access to any of this information on the computer. Most of my information was gathered from going to the church, the applicable county seat or the National Archives. Now, a great deal of the information can be gathered simply by sitting in front of your computer.
I have also found some long lost cousins and we are talking and sharing stories via the e-mail. I hope to meet them some day. It is such a great feeling to look back in time and see names and know that you are related to these people.
I think about my grandmother who came over on the boat from Liverpool with a six week old baby and 4 other boys ranging in ages 2 S to 8. All by herself. Weíre are not talking luxury liners, now. My family was not of the wealthy class. Iím sure accommodations were limited, to say the least. She must have been a very strong lady.
The reason she came by herself was that she was 8 S months pregnant when she was scheduled to board the ship. The authorities would not let her travel in her condition so she remained behind while my grandfather and their oldest son came ahead to make a home for them when they finally were allowed to travel.
That was the beginning of my side of the Tothill Clan. This Home Page is dedicated to my father Sidney George Tothill who passed away in 1957 as a result of Tuburculosis which played havoc with our Tothill Family in the early years.