Thursday, May 13, 2010

Genealogy- brush the dirt off those roots!

I was asked by one of my co-workers to help her find her grandmother's side of the family. Since I do this as a hobby and have freelanced for others out of state, I agreed to be hired by her.

I have been a member of the CT Society of Genealogists, Inc since 1983, although I've done it sporadically. I have my family done on some branches all the way back to 1590's....

I LOVE the process of the search, whether it's on my family or someone else's....It's like putting together a puzzle, and hope to get certain sections connected, then bringing the whole thing together is a gift. I love just getting a section at a time done. Even if it's not MY family. Sometimes, I end up knowing their family better than they do. Such a mystery.

Thankfully, they are mostly in CT at the moment, but all the resources online, make it great for branching the tree out. After my vacation, I hope to use a half-day Friday at some point to go to the CT State Library (Archives) to do some serious looking.

4 comments:

Kat said...

I had no idea you could do freelance genealogy...how exactly does one get into that field??

Nancy Eaton said...

Hey, Kat, email me at nancy.eaton@sbcglobal.net and I'll be able to let you know more....I've been doing it since 1983, so I'm pretty seasoned, although I could always learn more...LOL.

Nancy Eaton said...

In faqct, call me if you want. 860-649-0507, tonight or on my cell at 860-966-9072 after tomorrow (I'm vacationing....:-)

quiltmom said...

HI Nancy,
Genealogy is a really fun hobby- I first began checking out my family roots when I was 16 years old and in high school. It was a special project that I did for 3 credits. I learned some history about the French Revolution and the French Huegonots too. My father's family moved to the States in the early 1700's- or at least we think that they did. I was able to find on relative from 1783 and have my dad's line mostly completed to the current generation. It really is like a big puzzle- sometimes it takes you down a completely different path than you originally had contemplated.
Happy quilting too- You can find my blog here:
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/
Regards,
Anna