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How long have you been researching?

Journal by carolburns

I just wondered how long everyone has been researching their Family Tree.

I started about 10 years ago when my Dad was doing his side. I decided to do my husband's family which turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. We had no info for his parents except their birth dates - no places of birth.

After many months of searching and going down many wrong roads, I eventually got the correct family. With his father's side we have a direct line back to 1815 (husband's Great Great Grandfather born Ireland) and can take his Great Grandmother's line back to 1478 in Scotland. His Mother's side can go back with direct line to 1780 in Scotland and with her mother's side only 1860 as the family originated from Goa.

I also took over for my Dad's side as well as my Mum's side and have got back to 1780's with both sides in Wales.

I have a total of nearly 2900 people now compared to the 50 we had when I started but that covers both sides of the family. The tree covers 18 generations.

With a bit of help, patience and the Internet I have managed to find family we didn't know existed.

So how long have you been searching and how many wrong roads have you taken?

Thanks for reading

Carol

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on 2006-07-08 08:07:01

carolburns , from Blackpool, Lancs, Uk but originally North Wales, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jun 2006. is researching the following names: BURNS, THOMAS, WILLIAMS and 35 other(s).

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by terry1963 on 2006-07-12 02:30:16

HI CAROL,
MY NAME IS TERRY AND I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING ON MY MOTHERS SIDE OF THE FAMILY FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. I CAN NOT SAY HOW MANY NAMES THAT I HAVE BUT IT IS MANY. I HAVE MY GRANDMOTHERS LINE BACK TO THE 11OO'S IN ENGLAND. I HAVE FOUND MANY INTERESTING FACTS AND AMAZING THINGS THAT THEY HAVE DONE. IT IS LIKE A GREAT ADVENTURE THAT YOU WORK HARD ON FOR A LONG TIME THEN WHEN SOMETHING CLICKS IT IS LIKE WOW!! THE NAMES THAT I AM SEARCHING FOR ARE SHOWS/SCHAUSS, BURKE, CARRAWAY, DRISCOLL, BURKE, WORHTAM, BYARS,GRANBERRY,SELF. WOULD LOVE TO SAHRE TIPS AND HELPFUL HINTS. MOST OF MY INFORMATION I DO THRU THE COMPUTER AND SNAIL MAIL.

TERRY

by skb2333 on 2009-08-01 20:16:47

Hi Carol,

I don't know if you log in here anymore, but I have been researching for 10 years . . . off and on . . . but I keep searching.

My grandmother was a researcher and my Aunt, and they have passed the gene to me . . .ha haha ha

BURNS,JOLLY,REYNOLDS,SHERRILL,UPTON family lines.

by dide on 2009-08-04 00:48:43

Hi Carol,
Ive been at it for 25 years, of and on and can't get back past 1800. Now with the computer i am keeping my fingers crossed that i can. How rewarding for you,and what amazing work. What a wonderful contribution to your family. And a CREDIT TO YOU.
Cheers
dide

by acameron19 on 2009-08-05 05:38:49

I have been researching for 2 years...I have found "lost" relatives through internet sites and gained quite a lot of knowledge about my husband's family. Mine is locked up in eastern europe,Russia and Poland....very hard to get through there. I find the research exciting and rewarding. Angie

by barblabs3 on 2010-04-04 23:36:38

Hi Carol,
I have researching for about 20 years now and still can't break a brick wall on my Burns line. Been really tuff but, still working on it. I have some lines going back as far as 1590 to France. Just not that far on my Burns line stuck in 1808 or so. Barb

by bertpat on 2010-04-21 13:14:15

My wife and I have been working on our family tree for 10+ years. My name is Elby E. Thomas born in Missouri and my wife is Patricia J. Sanderson Thomas born in Lawrence Kansas. We have enjoyed the searching and digging out information but some times you get stuck and have a great deal of agony getting past this time. We are stopped on John Thomas, born 1783 and died 1858. We are looking for his father and mother.
Elby

by psettle on 2010-04-22 17:15:44

I've been at it for over 25 years now, and have thousands of names. I really got hooked when, while I was asking questions about the family of my mother and her sister, my aunt went into her bedroom and came out with my great-grandfather's Civil War discharge papers - the originals! That was all it took, and I've been at it ever since. Unfortunately, my father's last name was JONES, and I've only been able to get back as far as my g-g-grandfather, Peter JONES, who was born ca 1800-1810 in Virginia. Pat

by withjc on 2010-04-22 17:52:32

I've been doing my family tree for about 20 years off and on and sometimes it has taken me along time with some helpful information from relatives and a lot of my own research. I still have some pretty high and wide brick walls to get past.My daughter would like to know her father's side for medical reasons but I do not even know her father's parents names. That is a real challenge for me.

by kiarakirton on 2010-04-22 18:13:48

hi im kiarakirton i been researching for 5 years i been searching my dads side of the family if any one knows about sitting bull please write on my page

by Christine02 on 2010-04-24 01:50:26

Hi Carol, I'm fro New Zealand and been researching for about 20 years - have abou 600 names on my list and someone cleverer than me has actually researched back to William The Conquerer in 1066!! However, this is by following the female line and I've tried to keep to the male lines not saying the others are not interesting. I've actually been back to where my NZ Frost family came from in England - there is a street in Birmingham named after them, that was very special. I don't really have an interest to go further back than the one's who immigrated as I don't have a connection with them ... would like to make contact with generations down the line. Hope you still read these comments and maybe make a comment. Cheers, Christine

by beth63028 on 2010-12-30 20:55:19

Hi, I have been searching since I almost died from cancer in 2007. So I havent been doing this long, but have alot of information...I know my griffith side of the family is from wales, but have to prove it... and i am stuck...
have a wonderful new year
beth

by kathleenc on 2011-01-01 09:42:31

My mother did genealogy when I was a kid, I kind of grew up with it. We spent many Summer vacations tromping through graveyards and looking through county record archives. I wasn't as interested then, not until a few years ago. My mother passed away several years ago, and my children are raised and gone so I began to wonder about my family history. At first I wanted to put it together to pass down to my children, then I got "hooked"! The internet has made it much easier, I often wonder how my mother managed without it. You do have to be careful, as I've discovered, a lot of the information out there is just not accurate. If you find something on someone's tree always try to verify it! Happy New Year everyone!

by joany53 on 2011-03-15 20:44:45

Hi, Ive been doing this for 10 years, started off with no wrinkles or grey hairs now ive got both. Like Kathleen one of my favourite places is graveyards can sniff them out at 50 paces.
It can be quite disheartening sometime especially if you find you have went 100 years down somebody elses line. But hey we always pick them back up.

by janilye on 2011-03-15 21:22:27

Oh my God Joan I love graveyards. I began in 1977 just after they removed the censorship on convict records. I wrote everything down in exercise books. Then it all went up in smoke in 1983 and I gave it away until only about 20 years ago.
Now I'm obsessed. Although I would not do it again without a computer.

by edmondsallan on 2011-03-15 22:04:20

I know of ancestry researchers who have been searching over 50 years . As for failures I can only say my own . At the beginning to I/2 way- aapproximately 70% failure to connect - 3/4 -------At 3/4 winning became a habit and was starting to hit 90% consistently I am now in the last quarter .I am hoping to make a good impression on the man above - Hoping one day when I go --to get employment up top of a simular--- nature the score - of course - silly me - win some lose some - Oh the numbers !!! of course - I can't remember - I keep forgetting cause I am old - some days - BL`~#~ dy old - hope this assists you- regards- edmondsallan

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