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I've been working on my family's genealogy off and on since about 1980. It all started with a hand-made chart created by a grandaunt on my mother's side. Mom's family was interesting because there were many family lore stories, repeated often, and passed on by my mother and her sisters. With the help of some rudimentary shareware software I was able to put together a book and some charts in time for a family reunion. I continued to dabble at it now and then over the next few years, but life, immediate family and work kind of took care of any time I might have otherwise devoted to genealogy.
At some point I became interested in researching my father's family, of which I knew virtually nothing. My grandfather died three years before I was born. I never really thought to ask my grandmother about her family's early days. She died in 1974, long before I became interested in genealogy. So, what I have learned about my father's family has been ninety-five percent from just digging out the records and putting two and two together.
I delved back into genealogy big time once I retired and generally spend a couple of hours a day working at it nowadays.
I have found lots of great clues, information, and confirmations of previously gleaned information, as well as some surprises, on Find A Grave. With this in mind, a few years ago I took photos at one local cemetery where many of my mother's relatives are buried. She had a wealthy grandaunt who had no children of her own, yet she was very much into the family. So, many of these relatives buried at this one cemetery died elsewhere and were brought here for burial by this lady. Her way to be surrounded by family, I guess. Anyway, I have finally created memorials for these relatives on the Find A Grave site. I hope others may benefit.
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