Creating a Family Tree for My Children
I have been a member of Ancestry.com for over 10 years. I’ve researched many sides of my family off and on, but once I had my children I really found a renewed interest in it. I guess you can say I have a strong desire to let my children know where we really come from. Because my husband is from Norway I feel like if something were to ever happen to me that they wouldn’t know my side of their ancestry & considering I’m not close with my in-laws I don’t know if they’d ever learn anything at all. I want to build something special for them in my spare time. A family tree. I’m hoping to eventually fill it all in with their Dad’s family as well. Maybe something that can be hung on the walls of their own homes when they get older.
It’s been such an interesting journey for me as I’ve found ancestors all across the world. I come from a very small family that’s very spread out & all of my Grandparents have passed on now so it’s such a joy to have a program like Ancestry.com where I can look into the past and see where they were born, when they got married, where they lived, and sometimes even find pictures of my ancestors. It’s just an awesome experience to look at these pictures and think “I’m related to this person” and a bit inspiring at times to see what they accomplished in their lifetime.
A couple things I’ve discovered: I may be related to Chief Pontiac (He’s the one Pontiac cars were named after) & my Grandma’s family helped to settle Detroit over 300 years ago. I’ve read tons of first hand accounts of battles between Indians & the French & British here in my area. I’ve discovered tons of French Canadian & metis heritage, as well as learning for the first time that I have British in me & that I’m related to some of the founding fathers of our country. I’ve gone back over 500 years. On top of all of these amazing discoveries I’ve discovered actual living cousins that I never knew I had & talked to them through the site. I even found out that I am related to one of my online friends from Quebec!
Now I am taking another big step in discovering my ancestry by doing a DNA test. I just received my kit on Friday. I had signed up quite a few months ago on a list & was just recently sent my kit. Their DNA test program is still in Beta so I feel really lucky that I’m getting to be one of the first ones to try it.
I have to tell you though I’m so excited that I can barely wait. when I was growing up I always wanted to study archaeology & paleontology so being able to get into this in the comfort of my own home is really fun & educational for me. There’s also the fact that because my Mom & Dad were never married I just don’t have a lot of info on my Dad’s side of the family. Him & I are just now starting to build a real relationship after all these years. He’s not into this stuff as much so it’s hard to get a lot direct details out of him.. it will be nice to at least have an idea about the other half of me.
Apparently it takes 6-8 weeks to get your test results. Besides seeing where some of my ancestors originated I will be able to connect with other people on the site who have also taken the DNA test & who are related to me in some way. It’s all very private & you actually can hide a lot of your info so that no one but yourself can view it, and it only matches people who are related. So it’s not like a random stranger can peer into your life.
Create Something Special For Your Children
There is such a wealth of information on Ancestry.com I have literally spent 100’s of hours on their site over the past 10 years. The deeper you dig, the more you find, the more excited you get. It’s never a dull moment. Right now on the site they just made available the census of 1940 which has tons of useful information. I was able to locate where my Grandparents both lived before they were married & built the house that I currently live in.
I encourage you as a parent to check out Ancestry.com if you haven’t already. It only takes a bit of information before you can get started. They have free accounts as well as paid. Something for everyone.
As an Ancestry Ace I am here to help you learn more about Ancestry.com. I hope you enjoyed this post and have a little more inspiration to delve into your own families history. To get you started Ancestry.com is graciously providing a 6 month U.S. Deluxe Membership & a copy of Family Tree Maker 2012 for 1 lucky reader! Enter below!
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How to Enter: Just scroll down to the comment section directly on this blog and leave a comment telling me why you’d like to win this giveaway. Will you research your Great Grandfather? Do you want to fill in your tree for your kids? Is your Dad a history buff ?After you leave a comment then fill out the Rafflecopter form (it will pop up after a minute). Any questions just leave a comment or ask on Facebook.
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