» Creating a Family Tree
I tried to create my first family tree back in 1992, a somewhat monumental task because my grandparents had a combined 26 siblings (all since deceased) and I only ever knew but a handful- this being part of the reason I decided to start digging in the first place. I grew up playing with 3 cousins from my Mom’s side and 2 on my Dad’s and I’d found it fascinating that there were dozens and dozens of cousins I’d never met that were from the same level on the tree. (If I met them, would we become instant friends? Would they look like me?)
Up until today, I’ve been sporadically working on this tree for 21 years. I started a tree on Ancestry.com in 2010 but only for the length of a free trial membership. The other day I discovered via their iPad app that you can buy a month to month membership so I decided to try again. I quickly discovered a ton of information but then started having mixed feelings that the entire project was in vain because I don’t really know what I’m looking for anymore. Part of me thinks it might be interesting to find more about where exactly my ancestors came from, as I’ve not yet been able to find anything prior to their coming to the US, but I don’t even know where to begin a search like that. Other than that, I’m stuck.
If you’ve ever worked on your own family tree, do you have any tips to share, and maybe what your intentions were for starting the project?