I didn't want to post this rather long post in the introduce yourself thread... It seemed kind of out of place there.
Marisa, Tina, & I started a tad of a discussion on the topic of Genealogy. I wanted to shared some of my thoughts on their questions and comments.
I truly understand the overwhelming part, especially as far as the actual written genealogy part of it. It becomes even more difficult when you get back to a part of your family coming over into Ellis Island and just 1-2 more generations back into another country that you don't live in currently. A lot of the time you find that you will get "stuck" because a church burned down that use to house all the information on families and the history of a town, especially since other countries managed those records differently way back then.
Tina: I agree that it does get VERY confusing, due to the first names being used over & over again in the same family lineage. It gets even more crazy when the nicknames they went by (were known by) in real life are very different than any legal documents they were listed on.
I think that is so cool that you found the drivers license to drive the buggy, how fascinating is that.
Marisa: As far as the photos part, I wasn't privileged (unfortunately) to have too many other than a few through my great grandmother(s)
So most of my layouts were just through the first four generations. The rest are just names from that point back, more or less typical pedigree style, unless I was told a specific story from my mother or grandmother, that they remembered or if I found something in my digging deeper.
Ex: I found a newspaper article on a great, great, great grandma's marriage on my granddaddy's side to a wealthy Paxton from Ohio. It was in the paper and mentioned the dowry given for her and her wedding gifts from her new father in-law... very interesting! I later found out the town isn't the same town it was called then. I can't remember the name right now, but I think it's basically an outskirt of Cincinnati now.
Another neat story I learned is that one of the men in my family (through family stories) back a couple generations was adopted as a young child and took the Paxton name (even though there were/are no legal records of the adoption) but the guy is in our family history and listed as a Paxton on various census in the 1800's. I guess back then they could just take in a child due to parents passing so young due to diseases, etc and raise them as their own???
Anywho... I love the topic of genealogy and hearing about peoples unique stories or interesting finds in their own past! Does anyone remember that tv show a little while back? It was about movie stars and their genealogy and finding the "ghosts in the closet" so to speak. I can't think of it right now, but it was a really NEAT show!!!