I’m a bit late with this, but Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings issued this challenge:
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.
My youngest sister (“The Bairn”) started me off on our Scottish family history trail – she had an interest in family history from her early teens, and she interviewed our parents and grandparents, made notes and drew out a chart on a huge piece of yellow card (I still have it with all its relevant pencil scribbles). Many years later when she was married with a small baby, I was working part-time and feeling pretty bored with life, so she handed me the files in an effort to give me something interesting to do. I had done similar research work in one of my first jobs, and was familiar with the way things worked, so thought I might be able to take the family history back a few generations, and after my first couple of days, I was totally hooked – although things had moved on a lot in the meantime. No longer did I have to wait with a pencil and pad for a man with white gloves to bring me the Original Document! Yes, I picked up on the research where she left off, and no, it wasn’t to do with a child’s school genealogy project, and although I have been researching for many, many years, I’ll never NOT be able to pinpoint exactly how I started on this journey. Cheers, Bairn I’m still having so much fun with Scottish genealogy, years later and it’s thanks to you having the right idea for me at the right time! :-)