I remember writing letters to record repositories in various states and
countries, including in them my dollar or two for copies of the record, then
waiting weeks for a reply. Trips to the mailbox were full of excitement and
anticipation. Now I experience those emotions almost daily sitting at my
computer, and for free!
It's time to ramp up what we're doing and to get our kids involved as
Ha...do I have memories. My mother was a convert but her childhood was filled
with a desire to know her family history. So, when she joined the church, she
already had more information than most people beginning their research. I
remember going to the tops of the West Virginia mountains searching for long
lost head stones. For some reason, our ancestors were always buried on top of
the mountain and they were full of blackberry bushes. I was a little girl and
picked and ate blackberries while the adults hunted for head stones. I remember
my mom copying books by hand because they did not have access to ways of
printing without great expense and then it was poor quality reproductions.
There is no excuse today! The hard work has been done for us. All we have to
do is harvest the names and verify and write their stories. Make your family
tree alive with stories and pictures.
I'm trying to wrap my head around all of the technology available for doing
family history research. Yes, the Lord is truly hastening His work! Exciting