Although I did not know the word "genealogy" at the time, at a very young age I became very aware of a history of interesting ancestors that appeared in tales told by my parents and their siblings. Certain family possessions had a history that connected me to family members long gone. Later, other things--letters, pictures, journals, record books, and much information gleaned from cousins, and a brother and sister-in-law who had delved deeply into family history and done much research--added to my knowledge and appreciation for those who had lived several centuries in the past. For the sake of my children and grandchildren, I am compelled to put what I have available into some sort of order, and make an attempt to fill in blank spots in my lineage. On the whole, they all have seemed interested but have difficulty keeping the aunts, uncles, cousins, and various grandparents separated and/or linked.
The real challenge will be in tracing my husband's family as they were late arrivals into the United States from Germany. He knew very few of his relatives, and perhaps either the family didn't talk about them much or, perhaps as a child, he wasn't aware of more than the immediate family members with whom he was acquainted. Now with the passing of the older generation, we have tried to piece together the little he remembers, what I was told by his mother in her later years before she died, and a couple very old pictures and letters from the siblings she left in Germany when she came to America at the turn of the century. Anything we can discover will greatly be treasured and appreciated. The excitng part will be that his story will be very different from mine, as many of my ancestors were early arrivals into the country.