Monday, July 16, 2007

Genealogy, Camp, Summer

(I can't remember if I've posted on this before or not, and I'm too lazy this morning to go look it up, so just pretend with me that this is new ground!)

Have I mentioned the genealogy bug has bitten me again?  I haven't messed around with the family tree in a long time, but somehow I got the bug again right before fourth of July, and logged on for a free trial at Ancestry.Com.  I must say, the internet will take genealogy light years forward.  After plugging in what I knew from memory I started looking, and was positively AMAZED at what is out there.  My big success so far is going back a generation on Dad's grandmother.  Until this month all I had on her was her name, really.  I've hooked up with the descendants of one of her brothers (that I didn't know she had) and now have considerable information on her parents.  We're still trying to figure out exactly when they immigrated (I have a different ship/arrival than the other part of the family), but it really makes me feel like I'm starting to know her better.  I've been writing to my grandfather to sort out facts for him and his siblings, which has helped alot too.  My next challenge on that side of the family is to figure out when Charles Somazze immigrated... I found a likely candidate, but much research to go until I'm sure that was him.    On Mom's father's side I've gotten proper dates for her grandparents, the next step is to find their parents.  One big challenge is that the 1940 census records don't release until 2012.  Basically if someone is still alive, it's much harder to research them.  Don't get me started on some of the inaccuracies in records either.  

The hardest thing so far with doing this is that nobody else is around to be excited with me when I find these facts.  I need to find a family history buddy to get excited with me and who likes to talk about immigration records and census records.  Ha!

Duncan attended day camp for scouts last week, and had a great time.  I knew he would.  They worked on weather, geography, archery, BB shooting, art and some other stuff.  It was pirate themed, which he LOVED.  All of us went to the family picnic on Friday night with him.  Connor gets his next summer activity next week when he goes to soccer camp the week of July 23rd.   It's being offered by local high school coaches, and I am really hoping it will help him improve.

Can you believe the summer is already half over??


Courtney said...

Yes, it is very hard to believe summer is almost over already. After this week, there's only 4 more weeks until Brendan's school starts again. Glad Duncan had a good time at scout camp. Good luck on finding the info you need for genealogy. Hope Connor enjoys soccer camp too!

Julie said...

thanks for the note about the website. i need to get some more geneology info!

Mary said...

I found my deceased Grandfather's sister on a message board a few years ago. We have exchanged info & filled in a few gaps. She has seen me, but not since I was about 4 years old. I don't remember her, but my Mother does.

Finding new family members is exciting. I just haven't had time to do the research the last year or so.

Good luck with yours!

Catherine said...

Genealogy can be very fulfilling and/or frustrating. I have dabbled off and on, but really need to dig deeper.

Anita said...

My mother used to be very into family geneology. I don't know whatever happened to all her paperwork. I remember helping her out by going through microfilms for hours at a time. Hope you enjoy it!