My Research Experience
My earliest memory of family history was being a young boy and going with my grandmother and grandfather to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. They would use an old DOS based program to look up their ancestors. I remember the library being dusty, quite, dull, and full of old people. For the longest time this was what I thought family history was about and frankly wanted nothing to do with it.
I then met my wife who is a wonderful self-taught genealogist. She got me started with my family history and now I’m not sure who is more ravenous about finding information about our ancestors. I am grateful for getting me started with family history and her positive influence in my life. If it was not for her I would have waited until I was old like my grandparents and start then. What a waste of good research time!
I started with a little help: A birth certificate of my great grandfather (that my grandmother managed to get), death certificates for my great grandfather and grandmother, and a single sheet of paper with a couple of lines of notes. From there I have began to piece together my family history.
My Research Goals
Now that I have done research for a few years my goal is to share it with others in the hope that family members will collaborate with me.
My Research Tools
The following are things that I have found helpful with genealogy (posted in no particular order):