Here’s the prompt for Day 3:
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a family tree constructed?
Unfortunately, I guess I blew it with yesterday’s post showing what I’ve done so far with my family tree. As you saw on yesterday’s post, I have a lot of work to do. For one thing, recently, my son asked me to do a family tree of my my parents’ generation, my generation, and my children’s generation, so that he could see a diagram of how everybody is related. So, I have a long way to go.
However, as I typed this post, it occurred to me to Google “family tree templates” and I found that there are plenty out there. Here are a couple:
I haven’t used either of these, but I think I’ll give MyHeritage.com a try. I’ll let you know the results.
As for my answer to the first question, “Are you interested in genealogy.” For most of my life, no, I haven’t been very interested. But I’ve found that as I get older, looking into both sides of my family’s genealogy is rather like eating Lay’s potato chips: Betcha can’t eat just one.
The little green leafs on Ancestry.com, those tempting teasers of new information, whether connections to other relatives, photographs of old immigration documents, letters, marriage certificates, etc., I feel as though I’m on a treasure hunt, deep into the jungles of my family history. And each secret is its own treasure.
My interest in genealogy used to be limited to family stories. Now, perhaps because I’m getting older, I do enjoy researching unknown facts of both sides of my family. As a writer, it certainly provides me plenty of writing prompts. But as a mom, it gives me treasures to hand down to my children. Who knows. Maybe someday I’ll be the grandma that sits around the table telling stories to my kids and grandkids.