I first began collecting information for our family history at the age of 10, in 1984. At that time, I didn't have income and couldn't travel--and there was no internet--and I was content to talk with the elders of our family, and record their input to our family history. I still have my original binders and envelopes of info put away. And, in my memory, the conversations that I had with my great grandparents is strong, preserving their perspectives on our family history.
Though I have done some family history research off and on since those days, mostly I did not. Until January 2014, at which time I paid for an Ancestry.com account, signed up for familysearch.org and began to find online resources, and to visit family related locations in six states. In regards to family history, I have yet to visit Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee and Mexico.
The groundwork for two branches of our tree have been extensively researched over decades by my great aunt and by my grandpa's niece. On the other lines, I used my own interviews with the elders to begin searching, and then used both free and paid resources to extend each branch as far back as possible.
I do not do this research for credit nor recognition, but rather to find and organize this info for my children and nieces and nephews, for future generations and for any distant cousins who might also be researching the same pedigree. And, so that I will better understand the lives and times of our family, over the years. I'll gladly exchange messages and discuss theories and thoughts about research directions with anyone who is interested.
Sources for the bios that I write include census records, marriage records, newspaper articles, voting records, county history books, etc. If you would like to see any source material, please contact me directly, or better, visit my "working" tree on Ancestry.com under user name alfranco918
Some people copyright their little bios. I generally do not, but, if I were to copyright all of them, it would be under the following Creative Commons Attribution. The purpose not being to keep credit for what I wrote--which is largely based on public information--but rather to allow anyone to use the info in any way that they see fit...as long as they do not try to restrict sharing or use of the info. Family history belongs to everyone, not to any one person.
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