Sunday, September 13, 2009

"I wish I knew what happened to..."

I can't count the number of times that I have heard my maternal Grandmother say "I wish I knew what happened to...". By the time I was in high school I had heard her say this what seemed like a million times. This simple sentence was usually preceded by a story about an eccentric family member or a story from her youth. I had always been intrigued by her stories, but hearing this question over and over again finally prompted me into action.

My trip into the world of genealogy was an interesting one. I began by reading what little information my Mom had written down about our family. From there, I typed the names of my ancestors into search engines and prayed for results. Often I found nothing, but on rare occasions I found unsourced trees. Eventually, I learned about different genealogy websites and gain more information on my family tree. I saved this into a PAF and proclaimed that I had "researched" my family history.

In the last couple years, I realized that I needed to figure out the details. I was going to do this "for real" this time. So, I purchased a subscription to and started a new family tree. I entered myself, my parents, and my grandparents into this tree. Then, I made a promise to myself to only add people to my tree if I had a source to indicate that they belonged. This has been a blessing and a curse, but it was the right way to go.

This blog will follow my research and will be used as a place for me to record my thoughts and finds. If you found this blog because you are researching a mutual family member please comment so that we can collaborate!

Sara Beth

Lesson Learned: When someone repeatedly asks a question, find an answer.


  1. Great post and it is nice to finally see you in the genealogy blogosphere! Let us know if you need any assistance!

  2. Congrats on your new blog. I'm a newbie also.
    Good luck in your research.

  3. Congrats on starting the blog. Great first post. I've only been blogging a few months, myself.

  4. Welcome, welcome! I look forward to reading about your progress.