|My grandmother, Barbara Dirlam,
who started this journey.
30 December 2016
I met all sorts of new relatives, including my grandmother’s sister, Joan and Joan’s three daughters. I also met a fellow I never even knew existed: Barbara’s half-nephew, Ned. This was the first I ever heard of half-cousins in the family. Little did I know that meeting cousin Ned (really my second half-cousin once removed!) would start me on a family history journey that's lasted more than 25 years since!
24 December 2016
|One set of great-grandparents - his first wife died and
he lost custody of those earlier children, but why? That
mystery started me on my family history journey.
It wasn’t until I was exposed to actual accounts of events in the lives of some of those names on the charts that I began to get drawn in. I learned of mysteries about their actions that were yet to be resolved, details of their lives and the stories of their struggles and triumphs. This is what finally engaged me – their stories.
I have since realized that I can relate to my ancestors even if I don’t have stories specific to them or their families. When I know where and when they lived, perhaps their professions, I can look to history to provide me with an insight as to what their lives may have been like, bringing their historical eras and events into closer focus.