Several of my blog friends are using the winter months to work on their history. When I first got to be a stay home Mom, I ventured into this as well. Too bad it is in Portland on my old computer.
When a couple of cousins and my sister urged me to organize a family reunion, I didn't think about getting all interested again. But here I am. Maybe I should have been a detective in my former life ...
I don't even remember what software I used! There are probably better sources that are easier to use. Any suggestions? I will contact my cousin's daughter who seems to really be getting into genealogy ... including DNA testing.
It is a time consuming hobby. Mr. Ralph's Mom was orphaned at age 12 when her mother died and her father went to an "institution" although we don't know if it was physical or mental. My paternal grandmother died in childbirth and baby was adopted. I finally got to meet him ten years ago. He's the spitting image of my grandfather!
My grandmother's grandparents came from Germany ... complete with last minute surname changes or written illegibly. With 11 children and a husband who was an alcoholic (yes, death certificate said cirrhosis of the liver).
So while I have no historic heroes (not even old favorites who've been knocked off their pedestals), and so far no rapscallions or ax murderers, it's still very interesting to me. Now that I'm old and most of the older relatives are gone.