My family…I have
been researching my family lines since I was in high school.
My grandfather Francis would tell stories about his family
on Sunday afternoons when we visited.
He was born in 1876 in Adams County, Ohio and the stories
he told were so far removed from the life I knew that I became
fascinated with finding out all I could about my family.
Over the years, my search expanded to my mother’s family,
the Grays and Boones, and all of the various lines that are
connected to one family. I
started out by recording the stories my grandfather told.
Then, I researched the necessary paperwork; birth
certificates, death certificates, or marriage certificates, to
verify my facts. This
entailed traveling to courthouses, libraries, genealogy societies,
and cemeteries. Not only did I gain needed paperwork, but an appreciation for
where my ancestors came from and what they lived through.
Needless to say, I have gathered a roomful of information
on my families and many others that share the same roots.