Have you ever wondered where you came from? I mean where did your ancestors come from and who were they? I know we have family history told to us over time, and there is family lore and stories, but as I have learned that isn't always true!
I have always been interested in genealogy. When we got our first computer and hooked to the internet in 1998, I spent many a long night check out sites like Gen Forum and Family Search. I was so fascinated by the intrigue as to where I came from.
A few years ago I joined Ancestry.com and found that the site really worked for me. This is not an endosement for them, it is just what works for me. I have enjoyed finding new facts and cousins! I like to add pictures as well. I think it helps to put a face with a name. Here are a few I recently was given.
Recently Ancestry introducted their Etnicity DNA test. So I signed up. I figured it would come back with Eastern European, British Isles, and maybe some Native American. But no, was I ever surprised, when it came back 61% Scandinavian! 37% British Isles and 2% Uncertian!
Those darn Vikings and the traveling and pilaging! I guess my ancestors from France and Germany, came from further up north! Very interesting indeed.
Recently I joind DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. It is a great philanthropic organization, preserving history and teaching about it as well. In order to join you must have a blood line to a Revolutionary Patriot and the documents to prove it! It was work, but I was thrilled when I was approved. I am working on a few other branches in my tree too add to my membership.
There are so many resources out there now for tracking down your ancestry. It is a lot of fun and can be time consuming, but I enjoy it.
Have fun tracking your ancestors.