Daily Prompt: Island of Misfit Posts

Daily Prompt: Island of Misfit Posts
by michelle w. on June 23, 2013

We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.

I would love to add a ‘Genealogy’ page to my blog, but I have accrued much information and think it would be best to start a new blog for Genealogy. With help from some cousins, we were able to trace my father’s line back into the 1400’s.
I was in the process of writing a book, just for my dad, and nearly had it finished when my computer crashed. It actually crashed while I was trying to back it up.
It made me sick, literally. I haven’t had the heart yet to restart the project. One of my cousins passed away, and one I just lost track of, and the one that lives nearest to me is happy with a little book he printed and sold to us himself. His book starts with the first of our ancestor’s that came into New York, around 1640.
Me, I wanted to know everything about all of them and luckily I still have most of my information, I would just have to start piecing it all back together again. I hope to get it finished before my 75 year old dad passes. He is in good health, so I hope to have him, at least, another 25 years.
Thank you, Daily Post, for putting this back in my head again and giving me a boost to get back on it!

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  1. The genealogy thing, what a great idea. Look forward to see it. All the way back to the 1400’s, how cool. I’ve traced my moms side back to the early 1700’s, it’s such a kick to be able to do this.

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  2. Oh, how awful! I am so sorry about the stupid crashing computer! I feel your pain, but don’t have any similar situation where technology has beat me up. Hope that finding out amazing facts and history of your family helps balance you and make you at peace! I hope your father lives even longer than you expect! My Mom will be 87 this November. But Dad passed away in 2001.

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  3. Wow, I can’t imagine how heartbreaking that must have been! I know I get distraught if I lose a uni assignment or blog post through a computer crash, I can’t imagine losing a project like that!
    I have always wanted to do this research on my own family. How did you get started? Was it a difficult task? Thanks for the inspiration, I might have to get started on this project soon too!

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    1. One of my older cousins got me started. He retired early and did all the traveling; visiting with relatives and gathering as much information as he could. He helped me make a Direct Lineage Chart; starting with my 8th great-granfather, (who was the first to come to America in 1710) and down to the youngest child. He knew I wanted to know more, so he put me in touch with a cousin from California who was a member of the Church of Latter Day Saints. They have the most extensive world genealogy file. He was also retired and had access to the world genealogy file. He filled me in on a vast of information, then we worked on a project of making contact with a cousin from each family and acquiring several pictures. This cousin also introduce me to a cousin in New York and I was able to gain access to information on the families living there. This worked well for me, but If you are not lucky enough to have other family members to help, there’s vast of information on how to get started on line.
      Good Luck in your quest.

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      1. Thank you! I certainly don’t have the wealth of knowledge that you have, but I think it’s important to start somewhere 🙂 best of luck on your project!

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