Well I jumped back on to the Ancestry.com band wagon. And boy am I digging up some stuff.
When I look at photos of my ancestors I wonder what they were thinking at that moment. A little grin or smirk gives them away. Maybe there was an inside joke they were thinking about or maybe someone in the room said something really funny. Maybe someone farted. Whatever it is - I can tell a lot about my family as a whole from those pictures… they were a fun loving bunch!
But, one can also see from the photos that life was different. Very different.
It was hard.
Can you imagine life without your cellphone let alone having to cut ice blocks from the river to keep your food cold. That hardness also showed on their faces.
Ancestry.com is so much fun. But beware! You know the commercials where the lady says something like: "so I just typed in my great grand-mother's name and bam! Another leaf popped up!" She goes on to say how she found out her great grand-mother did this and that. Well I'm here to tell you I have been working on this site since 2008 and it's not that easy! It does not happen like that Ireen!
A few things you need to get started: Your glasses. Pots of coffee. If you require xanex for patience - now's the time. Get your notebooks ready. Pencils. Lots and lots of sharpened pencils. Keep your calculator next to you. Know how to use your calculator. Maps. Contact your extended family members and get all their notes, photo albums, and bibles you can. You're gonna need them. Have someone next to you that can keep YOU straight! More pencils. More coffee.
Luckily I have my best friend, my sister friend to keep me straight. She's currently working on getting her genealogy certificate from Boston college online and she's amazing with this stuff! As a matter of fact, here's a picture of us doing our research in Paw Paw, WV some time ago!
I'm from the McCool clan and found a blog for us as well as pictures of the actual McCool farm house in Toberhead, Ireland. I traced them back to the 1600's.
I can read and comprehend a hand written census from 1840. I love making trips to cemeteries, libraries and trying to find house numbers that no longer exist. This is Fall fun to me and I'm loving every second of it! So, in this post I'm going to share a few photos of the fam with you. Enjoy!