A fellow blogger I met a few years ago (online only, so far) loves doing genealogy research. She went through many many hours researching her own family and with great love and pride, gave printed and professionally bound copies to family members for Christmas. I have started off and on for 30 years to work on mine. Back in those days, there were not as many "free" sites to check. It has become a "hobby" for more people now and there seem to be more sites.
We had a cousin reunion last summer and I met a 2nd cousin who was working on my Mom's side of the family. She shared her work with me and I joined Ancestry.com. It is a LOT of tedious detective work that often hits a dead end.
And then came Judy.
I noticed on her blog that she was doing a family tree for another blogger. Quickly I zipped off an email to inquire if she would do mine (for hire)! YES! And the hourly rate was so incredibly affordable. What a great birthday gift for my sister ... and a copy for me! The information goes way back to the first century AD. Not just facts but photos and copies of old documents and even information on how they earned a living. After doing mine, she was working on a new project and discovered that we are 10th cousins! Amazing! So I have a new family member and a new Facebook friend.
She also gave me the 108 pages on a CD so it will be even easier to update. It is also stored safely in the cloud and on my computer ... with CD in the pocket of the binder.
Fortunately, my world traveling Seester FINALLY came home for 36 hours before leaving again (it's a tough life, but someone has to do it) and opened her belated birthday gift. And LOVED it! I couldn't publish anything about it on my blog until she was surprised. And she was!
Thank you Judy!
P.S. I get teary eyed EVERY time I read the last page ....