Are any of you avid genealogists?  I’ve been searching my roots for years.  I’ve met countless “cousins” from all over
the world.  The kindest and most helpful
fellow researchers have crossed my path and provided me with the missing links
in my tree.  I’ve uncovered roots in
countries I had no idea my ancestors were from. 
I find it fascinating to know where I come from.  You can find similarities in your present
life why you like certain things for example or where your coloring comes

I enjoy doing research and this hobby has provided me the
opportunity to visit places and look for clues in dusty libraries and peaceful
cemeteries.  This endeavor has also given
me the chance to make new cherished friends and meet distant relatives.  I’ve been lucky to find photos and letters
that are a link to my ancestral roots.  I
plan on visiting all the countries that are in my family tree.  It will be nice to have someone to meet when
I get there.

I had a brick wall for many years until a cousin in Europe found
my post on a message board.  He helped me
uncover a branch that had stayed dormant for many years.  Those are the moments that make all the years
of painstaking research and cross referencing all worthwhile.  You might even found some famous roots in
your travels.  I keep on finding news all
the time and hope it never stops. 
Learning is a powerful tool that helps us question and share our

Has anyone had a positive and memorable find?

Mar 11, 2015 @ 10:14 am

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I really enjoyed reading your post good for your that you did the research to find friends and loved ones. I have a cousin Danny that has looked into our family history and he sends me messages via Facebook all the time. I love getting his messages he really finds out interesting dates,facts and keeps me very informed.Great Post.
Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:27 pm

Thanks chrissyann123!

They say that there is a genealogist in every family. You're lucky that your cousin has taken the reins and sharing all your priceless family history with you. I always enjoy family reunions that span generations. It's touching to see all the family gathered representing each sibling from the main family. Everyone is divided by a coloured t-shirt that signifies which branch you belong to. Great conversation starter and easy way to find who you're looking for. Sad to see less of the main clan as they are slowly dying; that's why the family genealogist has a big responsibility to retrieve the information first hand before it's too late.

I could go on and on. LOL!

Mar 11, 2015 @ 01:37 pm


I had to submit a detailed family tree as one of my projects when I was in university and I understand how complicated it could be to accurately link each person. However, we didn't get to go as far as to researching their whereabouts or lifestyles. It would be so interesting to discover how they lived and how we eventually ended up where we are today.

I know there are a few genealogy websites online that cater to this type of research, but I believe you have to pay for their services.

I find your goals to travel to each country your family derived from an awesome plan. Good luck in your ventures!

Mar 11, 2015 @ 03:06 pm

Very interesting

I know some people who are into geneology but I am not. I do find it very interesting and confusing at the same time. It can also be very expensive depending on how far you dig for information or on how far back you want to take your research. I have a cousin who made quite a few family geneology books for herself and other people.
Apr 12, 2015 @ 02:52 pm


I researched minr years ago, had a book made up. I'm really curious to take the MDA DNA tests for more accurate portrait of origins.
Apr 12, 2015 @ 04:46 pm


My mother tried to research this years ago, but couldn't get anywhere. I'd love to learn more about myself. My looks have always made me curious. Not that I'm funny looking, but I don't look like anyone in my family, immediate or distant that we know. I'm this strange combo of Greek, French, and Native and I'd like to find a family member (any family member, lol) that has some to offer me concerning one of those cultures.
Apr 13, 2015 @ 12:02 am


My paternal grandfather actually made a big book of our family history, which was really interesting to me. We're Scottish through and through, so he could trace back to where our family originated and all of that. But on my mom's side, we're a bit of a mystery to some extent. My grandfather's father left his wife and went back to Scotland, so we never knew what happened to him. My maternal grandmother's family doesn't even agree on how to spell their last name, so it could be French, Italian, Portuguese, or something else. It doesn't help that everyone who's alive doesn't know much, hence the mystery there.
Apr 13, 2015 @ 08:51 pm

My Aunt found out some..

of our past when a long lost cousin of ours contacted her from England one day about ten years ago. We found out that my grandfather's mother was a hooker back in the 1800's. It was so funny to hear that part, but once we found that out it also made some other facts that we did know about make a lot more sense. Like why my grand father and his five brothers were left on the door step of an orphanage in England and why most of them had different fathers. For some reason she took the three girl's with her after she left the boys behind. I just hope it wasn't so they could help her make more money in her trade if you know what I mean! The long lost cousin was informing us of all kinds of different and interesting facts, but then one day his email's just stopped and we don't know why. It was nice to have that connection and a shame to have lost it after so many years. With any kind of luck we'll find each other again one day.
Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:02 am

Thanks for sharing ladies!

Thanks for sharing your priceless family stories! You never know what you'll find out but it is very exciting to learn about our family's history. I've noticed in my research that there are quite a few bittersweet stories that touch you. It was such a challenging time especially for the brave souls who emigrated without any hope of returning to their mother land. It must have been terrifying and thrilling at the same time. Without their bravery we wouldn't be where we are today. We have much to be grateful for thanks to their sense of adventure and search for perhaps a better life.

Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:33 am


I too have rich and proud ties to Scotland. What a
glorious country steeped in history. I wouldn't give up hope of
uncovering your roots. The road well travelled will be a challenge
but the incredible people you will be fortunate to meet along the
way now that is going to be the best gift of all. You
should research all name variations because as you know names were
misspelled and at times totally changed
once travelers immigrated. I too have had a challenging time
and the worse being fancy or scribbled handwriting that mangled names.
It's only been with perseverance and pure luck that I've managed to make a

Genealogy is after all a work in progress that will be
lovingly nurtured by loving hands. Good luck!!!

Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:43 am

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