Attendee of last year’s Northwest Genealogy Conference and volunteer for this year’s conference, Anne Grimm, tells about her start in genealogy and some things she found helpful in her research.
I have been doing family history research since early 1972 when one day my mother-in-law got out her books and paperwork. I was sitting there going through her pictures, papers and books. Something just clicked! I knew nothing about my paternal grandparents or great-grandparents or my maternal great-grandparents. We lived close to my mother’s family so I knew my maternal grandmother well. My grandfather died when I was only 5 years old so I don’t remember much at all about him, only what others told me. After getting the ‘bug’, I started written correspondence with my paternal grandmother to get information from her about the family. We developed a great relationship via mail.
I have taken my maternal greats back 10 and 5 generations. I was stuck (hit a brick wall) on my paternal side. I had taken it back only to my great-great-grandfather UNTIL I attended the Northwest Genealogical Conference in 2015 and a vendor with ArkivDigital, a Swedish research program, helped me tear down that wall. Since then, with the help of DNA, I have been able to go back 4 generations on that set of greats and 5 on the other set of paternal greats.
I have also taken on two cemeteries in my area to document the headstones so others can find their ancestors. Find A Grave is a great place to find information but make sure of the sources. As many years as I have been researching I find close family members have different dates, etc. on the same person. And Rootweb has a website where you can find obituaries, and in my spare time I file obituaries for them. At last year’s conference I found there are many places out there that can help you further your search.
It is amazing how you can sit down to do a little research and look at the clock and it is 5-6 hours later. It is a great hobby!!
This year I will be attending the conference and volunteering to help out with different needs.