How it all began …

This year, in an effort to blog more, I have decided to take part in 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, which is run by Amy Johnson Crow. You can read more about it over on her website.

The first week the prompt is ‘Start’.

In 2006 I broke my wrist whilst at the gym (and I’ve hated gyms ever since), and I was signed off work. I wasn’t allowed back into the office, but I’m not very good at sitting around doing nothing.  I’d always had an interest in my family and so I decided to start researching my tree.

I started with an Ancestry account, scoured FreeBMD, and went a-chasing. I’m still hunting my ancestors, and I’m still enjoying it.

Fast forward to 2018 and I’ve now got my own part-time genealogy business, completed a post-graduate certificate in genealogy and am planning my second trip to Utah for RootsTech 2018. I’ve joined a number of Family History Societies, including Clwyd FHS and West Middlesex FHS, am a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and am on the committee of the Surname Society.

Genealogy for me isn’t just about discovering the past, it’s also about making connections in the here and now. Through genealogy, I’ve made some good friends and met some amazing people, all across the globe.

One thought on “How it all began …

  1. G’day Carole,
    Making those connections is so important. It is so much easier if there are two or more people working on the same stumbling block.

    But I have also made connections with non-family members that have allowed me to travel to Canada to visit my friend – we would help each other out trying to hunt for that elusive ancestor in a Canadian census or on a passenger list to Australia.


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