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#AtoZChallenge G for Genealogy

April 7, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me

I discovered Genealogy and Family History about 20 years ago when an inlaw asked me if I would help organise the family reunion. At the time I had no interest in family history, and had never really given it a thought. The reunion was a huge success, but I still wasn’t interested in the family history. One of my inlaws at the time,  had done a huge amount of work in building the family tree and telling the stories of the family.

At this time, her family history book was very close to being published. As the publication date loomed closer, being a keen reader, I became very interested.

After being shown how to begin, I sent off on the road to discovering my father’s Jones family history. Since then I’ve researched most family lines and have built up a huge record of files and photos.

Through genealogy, I was able to connect with my father’s family who until then, I had no connection with. I was able to make contact with cousins, however distant, in that family. I grew up thinking that I had four cousins. As it turns out, I have many, many cousins.

I have now met many of these previously unknown cousins, from first to third, over the past 20 years. Contrary to what I thought as a child, there are actually too many cousins to count. This continues to amaze me.  The relationship I’ve built up with these new found cousins is very precious to me,  and would never have happened without genealogy.

Genealogy has taken me to conferences around Australia and overseas. Since starting this blog, I’ve made an extra effort to attend conferences, so I could have a record of them for the future and as a promotion to others.

I’ve attended conferences in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Salt Lake City, Utah. At these conferences a highlight was meeting many fellow genealogists, family historians and bloggers.

Books, Read, Literature, PitchedGenealogy also led me to discover a love of history. In researching family lines, I love to read old newspapers and books to discover what life was like at the time in the area where my family members lived. History has now also has become a passion.

2018 A to Z Challenge

Please visit again to see my story unfold. 

Jennifer

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7 Comments
  1. Oh you really have become very interested in this haven’t you Jennifer and it certainly has brought some wonderful experiences for you. I have cousins who have done family trees on both sides of my family and I find it fascinating reading. Great post for ‘G’ x

  2. I am the genealogist in our family. My cousins are in awe of how much information I can dig up. Even my grandchildren love to hear the stories of their ancestors… I’m so lucky!
    Me too, I like history a lot more now that I know people in it! Isn’t it wonderful how genealogy can bring you more family?
    People call it a brick wall when they get stuck, but I call it a dam, because when it finally breaks lots more family come tumbling out!! (picture that.. haha)

    My Genealogy Challenges

  3. I wish I’d tuned in on genealogy earlier. My mother and grandmother were avid searchers of family history. Fortunately, I have their research to work from.

  4. My mother and my husband are both very keen on family history and have found lots of stories from our past. I’m glad you have found this passion Jennifer and it certainly has taken you to some places.

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