52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Start

I have loved history as far back as I can remember. My interest was encouraged by my parents who regularly arranged for me to visit to museums and historic sites when I was growing up. But it was my mom who introduced me to genealogy. She and my grandfather were investigating a few lines on their side, and I remember accompanying them to the Tennessee State Archives in Nashville while they researched and to cemeteries while they hunted for graves. I suppose talking with them about our family and hearing stories about family heirlooms brought history home for me. I began to see how my family, or small parts of it, fit into larger historical events. So, about 10 years ago, I began to seriously research my ancestors’ lives.

Genealogical research has been rewarding in other ways as well. It is something my mom and I have in common, and researching has been a wonderful way to spend time together. I love to travel, and thanks to research trips, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. meeting relatives, exploring cemeteries, and viewing family homes. Last year, mom and I traveled to England to research several lines on both her side and my Dad’s side of the family. We took special tours of churches, visited county archives, and just enjoyed being in the places where our ancestors lived.

I am excited to participate in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge! Even though I have done quite a bit of research in the last two years, I have not written very much, and this may be the push I need. It will also give me a chance to blow the cobwebs off of neglected lines and look at them with fresh eyes. Here’s to a year of discovery, revelations, and hopefully, some interesting posts!