The other day, on a whim, I bought a software package called Family Tree Maker. It is associated with the website Ancestry.com and includes a 3 month subscription.
I couldn’t believe how simple it is!! In less than a week I have built a family tree that goes back in places for eleven to fifteen generations!! I have found ancestors from Ireland, Germany, and England in the 1500s and 1600s. Including a family (husband, wife and four kids) that came across from England to Massachusetts in Winthorp’s Fleet in 1630.
Granted, I didn’t do any actual research. Yet. I just clicked on links and pulled in information that other people had gathered. Once I have done all the easy stuff, I’ll go back and verify things — like in the families with 2 wives (or husbands) making sure the children are attributed to the proper parents. And I want to explore the family lines that petered out after five or six generations and see if I can find more people.
So far my family tree looks like this.
It is addictive as all get out. The first day I had it, I stayed up until five-thirty in the morning collecting people!! Those little green leaves just kept popping up, enticing me to see what more information was out there.
One of the main reasons I got it was to see if I could find out anything about Richard’s father. He has no memory of his dad; his mom divorced his dad when he was an infant. Amazingly, with only his dad’s name I was able to trace his ancestors back to the 1600s in France and Germany. And, I found out his father passed away in 1971 in Oregon.
Well, that’s what I’ve been up to. What are you doing?