One of my interests is genealogy. I have been working on my own family history for a good few years now, mainly since records have been available online, and I also enjoy working on other people’s family history too. It doesn’t matter to me that I have no connection to those trees, as I just love the detective work.
I’m not technology’s greatest fan, but I must admit that it has been invaluable for my research. Between myself, and my husband, our family history covers a large part of the UK, so family history websites have saved me a lot of travelling. That said, I would still like to visit the places where our ancestors lived.
I was lucky enough to have access to a large family bible, which first belonged to my 4 x Great Grandfather. He first wrote in the bible in 1836, and listed his parents, siblings and their families, so I had a lot of great information to get me started. And once you start, it’s very hard to stop!
Through the internet, I have made contact with a few distant cousins and we have been able to share our documents, stories and photos. I even found that a friend of mine, and I, share some distant cousins, and we had direct ancestors living next door to each other in the mid 1800’s, when both our families were living in another part of the country. When you start digging into your family tree, and find all the connections and links, it really is a small world.