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Family Tree Searchers

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A History of Me

How it all started for me

27th July 2018

I was brought up in a dysfunctional family, we weren't close and didn't have lots of cousins or aunts and uncles that we were in touch with. So I never really had any interest in my family history, also I wasn't that keen on history as a subject.

I had heard a few family stories that were handed down, my Grandad being a bigamist and getting caught. As a child I found my maternal Nan to be quite a nasty woman, we later found out she had suffered from early onset Dementia but she wasn't diagnosed until she was in her 70's. My Mum always used to say to make allowances for her, as she had had a hard childhood. The family story was she had found her father who had hanged himself behind the bathroom door when she was young. 

My turning point like alot of people was the death of my Mum, apart from my own family, that was it, it was just me.......... one evening about 2 weeks after her death, whilst sitting watching TV I picked up my laptop and did exactly what the TV advert said...... I typed my name in.    

That was it I was addicted, and from that point on my life changed in so many ways.  My blog is my story of my journey and my discoveries and bombshells!  

That have all helped to mold me into the Genealogist I am today.

Where do I go from here

28th July 2018

After I picked up my laptop and typed my name in..... I found myself still sitting there the following morning, the night had just disappeared in a flash. 

But the addiction had already set in.

I wasn't brought up with my biological paternal family and didn't know much about them other than my biological fathers name, I was offered information but it was my choice not to know.

From the age of 2 years old I had the most amazing Dad, he might not have been blood but he was my Dad, my hero and I thought it was disrespectful to him to acknowledge anyone as my Dad, as that was his place.

So my family tree started with my biological maternal line and my Dads line, might not have been my blood line but he was my family. It was only years later  and my introduction to DNA that I realised that I also had to consider my biological paternal line as this made me who I am.

The Roller Coaster Ride Begins

Sept 2018

As my tree progressed I started to find relatives I never knew I had, after losing my Mum I didn’t have any family and all of a sudden I was finding cousins everywhere. It’s very overwhelming now to have quite a large family but I wouldn’t change it for anything and love learning about all the different aspects of my family tree.

I now also have a lot of contact with my biological paternal line, although not with my biological father as he has long since passed and to be honest not too sure if I would have made the contact had he still been living.

It’s lovely to be able to find out details to enhance the family tree especially with old family photos, and stories from the older generations that would normally have been lost. Listening to the old family stories and tales and then setting out to find more details to try and discover the facts and proof to confirm them or not as the case may be and sometimes that’s how it turned out.

And so my rollercoaster ride began…………

WOW Such an Honour

February 2019

WOW What can I say words can not describe how excited I am to have been appointed an Ambassador for RootsTech London 2019, especially as its the 1st time that RootsTech will be in England.