4:00 am…it’s not the first time I saw that hour. But, what started as an, “I can’t sleep, so let me just put a few family members into the family tree until I get tired,” became an, “OH MY WORD! I’M TALKING OUT LOUD TO MYSELF AT 2:00 AM!” That became the theme over the next 2 hours. I finally started my “free trial” membership on ancestry.com. I got the program “Family Tree Maker” this past year. So far, I have 1324 names in the program. I heard that #1325 was born yesterday to one of my cousins! (Yay!)
I wanted to get a huge start before heading online. I’m SO glad I did!
I’m too tired to get into all of the treasure that I found in detail. But, here’s one highlight:
1) I discovered that my Mom’s Great-Grandfather’s name was Harry J Hovey. He and his wife, Ida, had 11 children! I’m still working on it, but through a random google search, I found a woman who has done extensive research on her family tree. It includes HARRY J HOVEY! ‘Turns out that Harry’s father was Henry Hovey. He was listed as a baker in the 1870 census. Yum. His Mom was Amanda Hovey.
Long story short…Harry’s sister, Althea, married a man named Earl Francis Bartling. Any descendents of Althea can trace their family back to the 1500′s in Prussia (now Germany). Even though this isn’t my bloodline, it’s still a jewel that sometimes comes up. So neat! Here is the blog post where I found this info: Nanasgoldenphone
The thing that actually made me tear up a bit was reading the names of all of my Great-Great Grandparent’s children for the first time. Here they are (minus one…which I’ll work on):
Harold Columbus (my great-grandfather)
Would you like to see the “house” they lived in? This is what I believe was their home (before it was a business)! http://goo.gl/maps/eOP74 (If anyone knows how I can save that as a jpg, let me know. I’d love to put the pic right here.) Use the arrows to look around the neighborhood. I “assume” that it looks a lot different than it did then.
Don’t stay up until 4:00 am, folks. It’s not good…rewarding in some ways, but not good.