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Do you ever do lineage research?
July 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

 My aunt is going to present all her lineage research she has done on our family over the past 2 years this summer when we have a big family gathering.

I have seen those ads and commercials for that ancestry site and such, but never really paid it much attention. I know our history back to my great great grandparents, but I think it is pretty neat to learn about everything else she has unearthed.

Do you/have you or anyone you know done any lineage research on your family?

Where you surprised by what you learned?

What was your experience with it?


  • kmath
    by kmath
    July 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Actually I have an uncle on my dad's side and an uncle on my mom's side that are both doing research on our families.  I have done a little digging and it was really interesting.  I can't wait to see what my uncles find out.

  • coala
    by coala
    July 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I  have done the research on my fathers side going back to the 1920's.  I can't go any further without having to plan indepth trips to reservations and spending a LONG time going through their records.  We are Native American and in 1920 the Bureau of Indian Affairs burnt down, so all we have are the census' from that point forward.

    My great uncle on my mom's side has done the research for that part of our family.  He even adds the new family members as they are born.  It is really awesome.  I need an updated version since I now have 2 kids....and lots of other babies have been added since I was born.  LOL

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    July 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

     I tried but didn't find anything that I didn't already know.

  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    July 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM
    I have. I discovered my dads side is from Germany and my moms dad's side is not only from France but are true Acadians (Cajuns). I have also been working on my husbands side. I use ancestry but only pay for a month or so at a time when I have the time to sit and do a bunch at once. I like having all the info in one place. You can add pictures, stories, documents for each person, which is great if you have to prove your line.
  • mommy4lyf
    July 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    My father's side was well documented but my mother's side was not. I want to know more about my mom's but it's hard to trace it now.

  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    July 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

     im doing ours right now! so fun! oh i love the research!

    yes from some of the relatives very surprized

    good experience looking for everyone, even got to know one of my 4th or so cousins!  found things the family never new, found a relative from the plymouth colony, wow the people back in the old days sure had a lot of kids!! lots of surprizes!!!

    has your aunt found out any interesting stuff?

    ive been using and family research(i think its called) and theres another one i used that was good, cant remember it.

    i have pictures also that i can up with the faces, some of them.

  • hipmomto3
    July 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I'm Mormon, so yeah... we're kind of big into genealogy. :)

    Anyone can go and use the Family  History Centers inside many Mormon church buildings. You can find the phone # in the phone book or online to find out their hours. They have trained volunteers there to assist you and have access to tons and tons of records. I went in once with a few names and dates and was able to come out an hour later with over 100 names, dates, and information of my ancestors.

    Personally, I have done a fair bit of it. I have done one line back to an ancestor who came from England between 1780 and 1790 - he was recorded in London in 1780 and was in Virginia in the 1790 US census (first one done here). Not sure when he came exactly but he married a woman who also listed England as her birthplace. On another line, I have gotten back 200 years. 

  • KickButtMama
    July 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I've never used the websites. But I have my family lineage all the way back to the 1600's - we did it for our 100th anniversary of our family reunion (we're up to 107 now) - that's on my dads side of the family. My mothers side is more difficult as there was a major split in the family post WWII (my grandfather was in Hitlers Youth Core) so almost no one in that family will give any details before my grandparents came to America in the 1970's.

  • Rust.n.Gears
    July 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    We didn't have to do out research. England pays close attention to the royal lineage. They dated a descendant of Daniel's trip to Massachusetts generations ago. Dan can trace his family to 500 AD straight to the royal thrones of England.

    I on the other hand have my great-grandfathers papers he had to carry in his coat in Nazi Germany to prove he was not a Jew. They show the nine generations back that my family had documented. Those papers kept him, his wife and my grandma (plus her other siblings) alive till they finally fled to America.

    Yeah we know our history very well and I have it all on Ancestry.

  • smalltownmom03
    July 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM
    I have done some and my cousin is also working on it. Some of the things that I have found were suprising others were confusing. I have more questions now than I did when I started.

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