#NaBloPoMo Day 3: Searching for Treasures

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:

MyHeritage.com (free)

Family Tree Maker by Ancestry.com

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.


Some of my “Sasaki Side” at Family Reunion, approx. 1973

Some of my "Marler Side" at Grandma & Grandpa's 50th Wedding Anniversary

Some of my “Marler Side” at Grandma & Grandpa’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1981

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5 Responses to #NaBloPoMo Day 3: Searching for Treasures

  1. The one thing I regret during my writing is that I haven’t done my own family history, other than a few stories and essays in one book. Too busy writing everyone else’s stories, I guess. So like you, I need to catch up, but when to do it, I don’t know. Thanks for an interesting post.

    • Jan Morrill says:

      I don’t know how you do all you do, Velda, but I think we are all missing out if you don’t write stories of your own family history. Perhaps you could start with one little story. 🙂

  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    As you undertake documenting your ancestral tree, you will find it to be a hole for which there will be no bottom! You will become addicted if you are like me. I’ve not tried those items you mentioned as I had settled on “geni.com” a few years ago. It was free, of course, until your family tree grew beyond I think it was 100 individuals.

    As you research (and I’m sure you know this), some good sources are the immigration records if they came by ship. On one entry (and as you allude), we found a grandmother’s sibling had his eye sliced. As such, he had an eye patch. Be on the lookout for “close” names; I would think Caucasians wrote down the Japanese names and mispelled them along the way. For instance, “Genjiro” could be spelled Ganjiro, Gengiro, Gonjiru, etc. Good luck!

    • Jan Morrill says:

      I agree, Mustang Koji, that it’s like a hole with no bottom. And it’s hard to put the shovel down! Thanks for the “geni.com” and immigration records suggestion!

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