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Eeyorerocks
04-02-2011, 11:56 AM
I feel a bit cheeky because its not a disney question and Im new but has anyone tried to look up their family tree and if so which sites did you find to be the best and how far back did you manage to go??

uscwest
04-02-2011, 05:30 PM
I feel a bit cheeky because its not a disney question and Im new but has anyone tried to look up their family tree and if so which sites did you find to be the best and how far back did you manage to go??

My wife uses Ancestry.com as her main site I believe. She has been able to trace back a long way. I was able to find the male side of my father's tree and it went back hundreds of years to Europe.

Isafari
04-02-2011, 07:17 PM
It's something I'd love to do - even started to make notes for it a few years back but didn't go any further with it.
I'd still like to do it one day.

chief
04-02-2011, 07:50 PM
It's something I'd love to do - even started to make notes for it a few years back but didn't go any further with it.
I'd still like to do it one day.

yep me too, i started to make notes, ask questions to family members etc, but unfortunately that is as far as i have gone!! one day!:unsure: maybe.....

wdwgrandma
07-02-2011, 11:17 PM
I use Family Tree software for my database. I use Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com, along with other genealogy sites, to research my family tree.

keith
07-02-2011, 11:23 PM
I use Family Tree software for my database. I use Ancestry.com and Rootsweb.com, along with other genealogy sites, to research my family tree.

I'd really like to try that :yes: now so much is online

wdwgrandma
07-02-2011, 11:30 PM
It's amazing, Keith! I have a thousand or so members in my database, along with photos, scanned documents (birth, marriage, death certificates), and notes that I want to remember - stories, experiences, that sort of thing.

keith
07-02-2011, 11:46 PM
It's amazing, Keith! I have a thousand or so members in my database, along with photos, scanned documents (birth, marriage, death certificates), and notes that I want to remember - stories, experiences, that sort of thing.

oh WOW I'd love to do that for my father's birthday at the end of the year. Wonder if I started now how much I could have done by then. Would be a great present

wdwgrandma
07-02-2011, 11:57 PM
I've been researching for years. I talk with elderly family members to fill in holes, I visit cemeteries to photograph family graves, search county records and newspaper archives to uncover obits, birth announcements, etc.

My father's older sister gave me copies of her research (she's been researching for decades!) and I used that to further my own research. I even found holes and mistakes in her stuff and was able to prove it! I've even uncovered a few family skeletons tucked away in closets.

Not trying to discourage you - just the opposite. But I do want you to realize that it isn't an overnight thing. It can take lots of digging, begging librarians to search archives for you, and paying for documents - sight unseen - just to track down an elusive bit of data. But it can be SO rewarding!

keith
08-02-2011, 12:00 AM
Wouldnt be nearly so rewarding if it were all there on a plate I guess! I'm up for the challenge :yes:

Thanks Donna! I may well beg for help if I get stuck :worship:

wdwgrandma
08-02-2011, 12:03 AM
Please do! I love the challenge of research! I kinda feel a bit like Indiana Jones when I'm on the hunt.

wdwgrandma
08-02-2011, 12:16 AM
Just to give you a small idea of the sort of interesting things you can uncover, here's a story about some research I did into my grandmother's family.

I found several birth records online that mentioned my great-great grandfather's last name and his initials - M.B. But I could find nothing that listed his first name other than that he was called "Buck".

I sent a questionnaire to family members I found in Grandma's address book (after she died) asking about family history. A cousin I hadn't seen since I was a young girl contacted me because her father, my grandmother's younger brother, was in too poor health to respond to my letter.

We talked about the family tree and she got excited about learning more. When I brought up the fact that I didn't know great great grandpa's first name, she asked her father if he could remember. He told her (and I've been able to confirm) that his first name was - get this - "Manlove"!!! What parents would name their son "Manlove"? Apparently a good friend of the family had that as his last name. To honor their good friend, they named their son after him... No wonder he went by "Buck"! LOL

And that's just one of the interesting things I've discovered about my family!