Saturday, September 8, 2012

More to the story...

When I started researching my family tree 30 years ago, we did not have the luxury of online research.  Can I just say how happy I am that we now have all this technology?

Remember how I felt so bad that Eliza and Uncle Ellsworth were alone after losing little Beatrice Fern?  I knew my other great uncles were there for Ellsworth.  But what about Eliza?

I signed into my Ancestry account this morning, as I do every morning and found several alerts for possible connections. One alert was for Bessie (Lobb) Bailey, sister of Eliza (Lobb) Cross from a family history written years ago but one sentence jumped out at me:

How awesome is this???  Just a couple of days after I wrote that, only to find this.  Not only did Bessie help Eliza, she met her future husband and BOTH couples moved to Oklahoma.  All these years I have fretted about Eliza coming from another country, losing her first child, and being so far from family.  

When I first started research I didn't pay much attention to the siblings of my direct line and especially not much attention to their spouses.  I just wanted to get back as far in my line as possible. I don't know whether it's because of age, mellowing, or what, but in the last few years I have started researching the siblings, their spouses, etc.  I have relaxed and started enjoying the process.

I have gained so much more insight into my ancestors by looking at the big picture.  If I had not, I would never have found this fragment of a sentence, that puts just a little more into the family story.


  1. Welcome to the GeneaBloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
    "Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"
    The Heritage Tourist at In-Depth Genealogist:

    1. Dr. Bill,

      Thank you so much! Can't wait to check your blogs out. Who knows, maybe we're cousins! :-)


  2. Valerie, so glad you mentioned enjoying the bigger picture in your research. I've found a lot more of that contextual richness when I allowed myself to get "sidetracked" by the other branches on the tree.

    Enjoyed reading your blog posts today. I found you courtesy of GeneaBloggers. Best wishes as you continue your blogging and your research.

    And oh, by the way: it's mellowing, not age! ;)

    1. Hi Jacqui,

      And how easily I can get sidetracked!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Mellowing it is.

      I stopped by your blog, LOVE it! I especially like the way you have links to the census, documents, etc. I just might have to "copy" that.