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Friday, August 3, 2012

Weekly Rerun Friday - It begins with where you came from.

Currently, I post new journal entries on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the most part.  I've decided to add another "post day".  It will be on each Friday.  The catch is that it will be reruns.  I've decided to pick out some of my more interesting posts and rerun them on "Rerun Fridays!"  My first rerun is the very first post of my blog from Monday, June 14, 2010..............

It begins with where you came from.
It begins with where you came from. Right? Well sure. You came from your parents after all.  Where did they come from?  The simple answer might be "their parents". As we all know this builds on itself and follows a line backward in time.  The line also splits off to others, creating more branches.  I suppose that's why it's called a Family Tree. Genealogy is more than that.  In my opinion, it is the network of family histories that builds on each other.  It can allow us to discover our national origins and others who are distantly, or not so distantly, related to us.

I am seeking to discover not just my family tree but a network of family who may be scattered across the United States and beyond, or who might be living in my neighborhood.  Sometimes it disappoints me how family can lose touch over time.  In another instant, I start to think about my own situation and how "busy, busy, busy" I am in my daily life.  I run out of time to keep in touch, I suppose.  Or is it a choice?  Personalities can sometimes interfere as can life's experiences some of which are not so kind.  They can really split up a family despite individual's best efforts to remain close.  I see that in my own family line going back and find that some days I am confronted with it in my own expanded family dynamic.

Anyway, I thought I'd start a blog of sorts about genealogy called "Mine, Yours', and the Other Guy's Genealogy".  I've been working on my family tree off and on since about 1990.  In the past, whenever I had an opportunity to grab onto to some information, I took it.  At the age of 19, I recall sitting at my grandparents dining room table in Long Island, New York, asking them about their parents and on up the line.  I wrote the information down as quickly as I could on one sheet of paper. I remember my grandmother correcting my granddad on facts of his family line.  It was pretty funny to witness. They knew each other very well along with all of those family members which they really weren't in contact with any longer.  For various reasons, everyone seemed to have gone their own way.  Maybe some individuals or families moved away, passed away, or just got "busy, busy, busy".

My mother recently gave me the sheet that she'd held onto for the past 20 years.  It had some definite "hints" on it that I'd forgotten. I only wish that I'd asked for more information and written more down.  On that day in the summer of 1990, I did receive a gift though......a gift of finding out where my dad came from.  At least it was a start.

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