When my father passed away in February 1998, I thought I was the end of the line. I never heard him talk about his family. I had an old bible that my grandmother left me, in which I found family names and dates of birth and death. Heck, I found out that my grandmother had a twin brother who died at birth!
So, shortly after my dad died, I started researching my family. I used ancestry.com and I got quite a few hits! I was able to determine that a branch on my dad’s paternal side came from Denmark, and went back to the early 1700’s. Denmark has a wonderful site with information on ancestors! But, I wasn’t able to find much more.
Eventually, as a few years passed, I had given up on that search and decided that I was in fact, the last of that line. I then received an email from someone in California. They reached out to me when they found my grandfather’s name. Apparently, my grandfather was the “blacksheep” of the family and no one had any information on his descendants. This opened up a whole new branch! I was beyond thrilled. So, I was able to start researching more with the names I was given. Then, a year or so later, I received another email. This time, from my dad’s maternal side in Tennessee. It’s good to know that my family had some deep roots and has been here, in America since at least the early 1700’s on my grandmothers side. My grandfather’s side immigrated here in the mid 1800’s from Denmark and Chile. Quite the combination!
This is just an example of what can be found when you put yourself out there. Learning where your family had come from is very important. I’m able to research for you and find stories of your ancestors. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me when you’re ready to find out where your bloodline starts!