Not In Jersey: The Roots Of Your Tree #31Days The Roots Of Your Tree #31Days - Not In Jersey

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Roots Of Your Tree #31Days

Yesterday I started off by suggesting you start your family’s story with a family photo. Today we get into the real writing part of writing the story of your family! Of course, you are always welcome to include photos throughout your journal, binder, or blog posts, as it’s your story afterall.

Let’s start at the beginning. Where do your family roots lie? Are you a third-generation American like me, or did your recent ancestors reside elsewhere? I must admit I am not a genealogy expert and the most I know about my family history is what I’ve been told by my grandmothers on both side of my family. However, Stephanie at Teach Your Tree is writing her 31 Days series all about learning your family’s history!

At the very least, this blog or journal entry should include a list of family members’ names, dates of births and deaths, and the places where they were born, lived, and died, going as far back as you can. You may need to make some phone calls! Don’t forget to include yourself, your siblings, and your children. Remember, you will probably pass this information on to your children some day.

As far as I know, my ancestors came from Russia. All four of my grandparents were born in the United States. My husband’s maternal grandmother was born in Poland, and I will need to consult with him as to where his other grandparents were born! How about you? If you are blogging along with me, please leave me your link in the comments!

Behind on the series? Catch up here!

19 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Most of my family, I actually came from Northern Italy, but my dad's mom actually had her mom who immigrated from Ireland and her dad who came from, Germany. So for the most part, I am Italian, but also have a bit or Irish and German in me, too. Kevin, on the other hand, is all Irish and as far back as they can go back on both sides they all came from Ireland. Loved learning more about where you and Dave's family originated from and so happy to share, too!! :)

Dara said...

that is awesome, your kids have a lot of Italian and Irish in them!

joymhbailey said...

My link: http://joyinthemorning-joy.blogspot.com/2013/10/day-2-roots-of-tree-31-days.html


Thanks for hosting!

Dara said...

yay, so fast!

Leslie said...

Most of my family came from England and Scotland. I also have a relative on my moms side that was Native American and adopted by a couple so I have that ancestry too.

Dara said...

interesting!

Emily said...

Well, I'm an amateur genealogist, so I could go on and on in this post about my and my husband's ancestors. I kept it pretty short, though :-) Here's my post: http://emilysbookofme.blogspot.com/2013/10/31-days-to-write-story-of-your-family_2.html

Dara said...

I haven't done much genealogical research on my family at all, but yours is so interesting!

Emily said...

Thanks! It's a really addictive hobby. The more you find out about people, the more you want to know and the harder you look.

Stephanie @ Teach Your Tree said...

Thank you so much for the link! I really appreciate it! I blog about my own family history on my genealogy blog: http://www.cornandcotton.com/blog. I'm having fun with my series at TYT. It's going to get more into records next week. :)


As for my own ancestry, I've got a lot of English, a good bit of Irish and Scottish, and a touch of German. My husband's side is Eastern European, too! I'm digging into my MILs ancestry right now. Her grandparents came from Lithuania. My FILs parents are from Russia and Poland, but I've hit a brick wall with name changes. His dad came over and took his wife's last name rather than keeping his Russian name. No one bothered to ask how to spell it! Silly family... lol

Dara said...

thank you for the encouragement and tweets, etc! So are you trying to find out about your fil's family in russia and poland? I've never traced my history back before they were in the u.s. - it must be much harder to do in other countries??

Stephanie @ Teach Your Tree said...

I am! Actually, I'm looking at my MIL's Lithuanian family right now because she's still with us and enjoying. My FIL passed in 2005 and his sister, unfortunately, passed last month. It's been confusing with his side because of the name change. Whenever I asked why they didn't ask their father how to spell their name they said it just never seemed to come up. lol I'll admit that I'm new to researching internationally. I'm usually US/Canada, specifically the Midwestern and Southeastern states with a little New England thrown in. It's a learning experience for me. I'm digging through immigration records for the first time. :)

Stephanie @ Teach Your Tree said...

And, you're welcome! I'm just so excited about finding your blog!

Rachel G said...

Hmmm, I know the history of my Dad's side of the family pretty well, but less about my Mom's side, though I know both sides have been in the U.S. for at least 4-5 generations. My husband doesn't seem to know anything about his family beyond his grandparents.

Dara said...

well tell your husband to find out more, lol! btw, I think he was in my dream last night. I was trying to figure out if I was pronouncing his name correctly. weird, huh.

Rachel G said...

haha! It's plain old Angel, like "Angels we have heard on high...." His parents say his name in Spanish, everyone else, even his brothers use the English version so I do too!

Holly Higgins said...

I only really know about my mother's family. One branch of my maternal grandmother's family came from Scotland to Ohio in the early 1800's and another arrived in New York when it was Dutch in the 1600s. I recently found out that I am descended from the brother of William Wallace, as in Braveheart, on my maternal grandfather's side. From what I know, my family is primarily of Scots-Irish origin, with several Dutch ancestors thrown in.

Dara said...

wow that is cool about braveheart!

Holly Higgins said...

I find genealogy incredibly interesting but I don't have the time to do a lot of in depth research. I'm glad that I have family members that do though!