Me – a long time ago
Me now – sorta
When I started, quite honestly, I knew the first and last names of only two of my great grandparents – both on my Mother’s side of the family – William William Williams – her grandfather, who she never had met, and her other grandfather, John Delano Lutgens, who she did know because he lived with her parents and her brothers and sister as she grew up in West Oakland. I did remember Grandpa Heyman, my father’s grandfather, but didn’t know his first name. He was the only one of my great grandparents who was actually alive when I was – up until I was nine years old. All 5 of my remaining great grandparents were a total mystery to me. In fact I have no memory of anyone in my family even mentioning them – not necessarily because they led “bad” lives or had a sordid history – just because no one talked of them – and I don’t think it is because I wasn’t a good listener.
My dear Mother passed in July, 2003. After her passing I became more interested, again not a passion but just interest.
You might ask – did you ask your Mother about any family history between 2002 and the date of her passing? And the answer is – NO! Do I regret not asking her? The answer is a resounding – YES!
And this, in my opinion is the BIGGEST lesson of all – ask the living before it is too late about their lives, and their stories, and not only look at their photo books, but ask them who the people are in these albums.
And since then, over the past decade I have become an obsessed ANCESTOR HUNTER.
The Ancestor Hunt website was created to basically “Help people find stuff”