Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A consuming pursuit


Recently an ad popped up on my computer for Ancestry.com. I took them up on their offer of an introductory period to snoop around and see if I could turn up any info on my father's family (my mother was adopted, so that's a dead end, at least for now).

I started out with my dad's information and within moments I had found a few other family trees that had him listed. I found one tree that had my grandparents and great grandparents by names with birth and death dates, something it would have taken me an age to figure out on my own. Today I found this page from the 1860 census, listing my great grandfather, his wife, two children, and someone else who could have been related to his wife, but I'm not sure I'll ever know. It's all very cool...his name was Edward Baron, born in France, and his wife was Concepcion, born in Mexico. Pretty cool stuff for this writer who grew up in East L.A., loving Mexican food and the French language. Little did I know.

7 comments:

Twisted in Texas said...

Ok, now I want to hit the Ancestry.com site. My brother has been urging me to do it. I can see another obsession beckoning.

recklessspinner said...

One lifetime is not enough to do all that I want to do! Finding out about my ancestors is one of the big biggies!

Margo said...

It is consuming - but it's your personal history. How cool is that! I am fortunate that (one of) my father's hobbies was searching out our family tree (pre pc days) and then my cousin took over a few years ago and ran with it. Really absorbing stuff!
Enjoy every minute of your searching.
And hello to my favorite cowboy, Bob.

knottynaomi said...

really cool! hope you are able to uncover more...enjoy the journey!

Sea Mist and Sunsets said...

Gathering the people and stories of our pasts is so fun. Have been working at it when time permits for about fifteen years or more. What an amazing difference the internet provides to researchers. Be sure and try rootsweb dot com as well. Go to world connect and plug in some names. Though they merged with Ancestry awhile back, there are a ton of things (free) on Rootsweb that will likely be of help. Happy digging.

Taos Sunflower said...

Margo: how fortunate for you. Bob sends big loves, he has some new tricks this last year that are quite endearing...

Taos Sunflower said...

Chris: Thanks for the tip...I'll check it out next time I plan to take some more time for it...it's like going into the Bermuda Triangle...I get absorbed, then lost, and before I know it, I've lost a big chunk of my day.