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Garrepy/Guerard/McKissick/Swantee Updated July 22, 2004
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My research began because of two photo albums my mother left me when she passed away. She had taken the time to go through and lable everything with as much information on people and dates as she could remember. The photo's went back to what were my Great-Great Grandparents and their siblings. There were a lot of gaps in this generation and I wanted to put names to all those faces. There's something about looking into faces that have features that so resemble your own. When others see a photo of my Grandma Garrepy, they always remark about the resemblance between she and I (especially the hair).
I did some work on my own with the names and dates I had. I found some older relatives who had answers for me. With this help I was able to fill in 3 generations back on my Mothers side. This was 10 years ago. I slipped the paper in the back of one of the photo albums and there it sat.
A year ago one of my cousins (My Grandmother and her Grandfather were siblings on the Guerard side) had a house fire. Everything was gone. One of the things it upset her most to loose were all the photos she had, which included a lot of the same ones I had in the books my Mother left me.
About 6 months after the fire I moved into the modern age. I am an artist by profession, reproducing my own artwork and setting up a website were steps I felt needed to be taken to move my career to the next level. So, this I did. It took me 6 months to learn what needed to be learnt to proceed. I now have my website, on which I sell my reproductions, card sets and calendars.
Then I started looking at the photo albums. I began scanning the pictures to put a new photo album together for my cousin. Looking at those faces again, I really wanted to know about these people...When offered a trial subscription to one of the Ancestry websites, I thought it might be fun. It didn't take long for me to become immersed in my research. Plus, I had all those photos that had been scanned and could be linked with the names on my tree. When family members heard what I was up to, I received more photo's to scan.
Now I have gone to far to go back...you can never go back.......