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Message Board > Miscellaneous > How many have traced their Genealogy? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 7/31/12 5:39 PM

I just followed my grandmother back to the 9th generation-what fun! I didn't even join any paid site yet, just Googled the family name and "genealogy." Found a Syracuse Archives prof who posted info for many family names.
I didn't know anything about her parents except that she came from upper NY state before marriage and moved to the midwest. Those who go back to Colonial times are easier to search because they have a longer US history. If they came from Europe, many records were lost in the wars.
Too bad we get interested in this after they are gone--guess it's our age that triggers new interest. I also found online a few remaining members of my dad's WWII company. I lost him when I was 26, so never heard many stories.
On my H's side, relatives have photos back to the Russian Revolution, don't know how they ever made it that long....

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Date: 7/31/12 5:55 PM

I have some of the family lines going way back. Can't take any credit for it, mostly it was easy to find information. Every so often I get going again and try to find out a bit more, but don't take it uber seriously.

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Date: 7/31/12 5:59 PM

My mother's father's line comes from Prussia. They immigrated to the U.S. to avoid having the sons conscripted into the army by the Prussian Czar. So they wound up in the Civil War instead. Didn't speak English or understand what it was all about. Horrible.

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Date: 7/31/12 7:37 PM

Traced part of my father's family back to when they arrived prior to the Revolutionary war. Also discovered that I'm a fifth generation native Californian (from my mother's side of the family).

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Date: 7/31/12 8:12 PM

I knew my mother's family was french, but I recently found out that they were very early settlers of in Quebec and were there for nearly 300 years before moving to Wisconsin. Quebec provincial records are fantastic!

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Date: 7/31/12 9:24 PM

I did a quick search one day only to find a very moving page on the internet. It was my father listed with his family. It was not long after that the mother died and the family got separated because of their father's abandonment in the early 30's. Seeing the names of those children made the once hard to believe story very true. They existed.

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Date: 7/31/12 9:54 PM

I know some of my family back to about 1850. We had to do it for a class unit in junior high & I saved it. Not really long compared to DH's side. BIL does the tracing & he's made quite the hobby of it. A few generations back & info. had to be translated from another language.

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Date: 7/31/12 11:14 PM

The internet has really open genealogy up & made it so much easier to find people.

My FIL knew very little of his mother's parents etc etc, but over the past 10 years I've found lots of connections and family. It's probably a good thing he passed away before I found that his maternal grand-father had 4 wives and a 'bidey-in' (a local Scottish term for a de facto). Although he described himself as a widower at all marriages, it seems that only his first wife died before him, all the rest moved on, or he did! And divorce was not an really option in those days. (He and his parents were always named in full on all certificates so it was definately him)

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Date: 8/1/12 0:22 AM

I had very little interest in geneology until my daughter started researching. She called me a few weeks ago and told me that we're direct descendents of Henry II and Catherine de Medici! That's pretty cool !

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Date: 8/1/12 9:36 AM

I have studied my families genealogy back to the 1300s. It is quite interesting. Ancestry.com is not cheap for the international version, but it is worth every cent if you want to find all you can without traveling there. It does help to have royal connections because those were carefully documented. Our family relates to a child of King James II of Scotland and one of his mistresses!

I have discovered some family secrets- some strange coincidences of different generations moving in and out of the same areas- and generations of similar occupations. I am busy again now that the 1940 census has come out.

To pay for my ancestry.com subscription I have researched for money other people's family trees. 4 generations will only take one or two days usually so I can easily do a few and pay for my costs.

Good luck with your search

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