Who is to Blame

On Saturday, Randy Seaver put out his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, over at Genea-Musings.

“Hey geneaphiles – it’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end…), is to:

1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome’s post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:

* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?

* Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off?

* Did your interest stem from your child’s school project on genealogy?

* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.

2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.”

Here is my reply to the questions:

1. There is no one person that started me on my research into our family history. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were very close with their sisters. With only brief memories of my paternal Grandma, Margaret (Ida) O’Connell, most of them take place visiting sisters. They would get together and play cards and talk. On the other side, my Grandma, Zedith Richmond (who passed away last Dec.) and her sisters would get together when possible. When they did, there was card playing, many stories of growing up in the mountains of  West Virginia and tons of laughter.

Because of both of these ladies, I wanted to know more!

As for an event that started the research, the death of my maternal Grandpa, William Richmond really pushed me to start the research.  See the About Me section of my blog to read more.

2. I did not pick my research up from another member of the family. Though they have greatly added to the research by responding to many emails!

3. I honestly do not remember a school project on genealogy. but, my sons project got an “A” back in the early 2000’s because mom had so much great stuff to add to the project.

4. I started this journey to find out about the family I came from, who were the people who came before us. What I have discovered is who I am, where some of my features come from and why I am the person I have become.

Our families lived hard lives and had overcome great struggles. They did not shelter their children from these struggles, instead they used them to teach their children that they can overcome any obstacle. To be strong through out their life and teach their children the same. Faith is all we need to continue to overcome any obstacle.



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