How I got hooked..................... well here we go...............
My mum had always promised my Aunt that they would sort out the Family Tree, you know what it's like? Then sadly my mum passed away some 8 years ago, closely followed by her brother and then her father (her mum had passed away some 25 years prior to this), so yes, a quickly dwindling family, I have had a bit of a mid life crisis (I think?
), or was it the medication? well that's my excuse anyway!!!
Was seriously ill from 2006 - 2008, and life and your attitude to it tend to change drastically in these situations, so with this I decided that I needed to firstly find out who I was? where I came from? what my family was really about? what they did for livings etc.
Secondly, I want to be able to leave a legacy or something about us to future generations, to my son, to his future children (oh my god!!! not yet, I'm too young to be a Grandma!!!!!!:biggrin: ). I do feel, that if my mum had the time to do this before she died, what a lovely gift it would be to leave your family - unfortunately she didn't :'( - so it is down to me....
I think it is just one of those things............ you either want to know about your past or you don't?
I do, and I feel proud of who I am and where I come from - so far (anyway!!!), the day I got an email from another researcher telling me she had found my Great Grandad's military records and that he had been awarded several medals - I cried, I was so proud, (how daft, you are all saying???) but it is quite emotional at times, exciting at times and also, extremely frustrating at others, but once you start...................... you just can't stop!!!!!!!!!!
You really do get hooked, and also, you get to chat to some lovely people online who offer so much help and advice, and you find, like I have that you learn so many new things.
Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!
(Can't say the same for the hubbie mind!!! he just isn't interested at all - saddo!!!!!)
Even got ropped in helping the mother in law!!!! - now that is pushing the daughter in law/mother in law relationship a bit too far!!!!!!!
Anyway, that is enough from me, just wanted to say one last thing...........
'enjoy every minute of your searching and cherish every piece of info you un-earth, family history is priceless, as is time!!!)
Take care everyone.