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28 December 2011

Voices from the Past

Much of this last week, I have been spending more time amongst the dead than the living. I am working on a genealogy book to share with my children so that they don't have the thirty-year+ struggle that I have had tracing my ancestors, many times banging my head against a seemingly unbreakable wall.

Over the last few days, several of those brick walls have crumbled but good. I have found little bits and pieces about various branches of my family over the years, but as each generation passes, more is lost to those of us that come along later. Thanks to the work of other genealogists and the Internet, some of that "lost" information is no longer lost. I have found information that I didn't know that I didn't know. I have found names of collateral relatives (as in, not a direct-line relationship with me) as well as death certificates and, in the case of one woman, a birth certificate.

Last night, I stumbled across a website devoted to the genealogy of one of my great-great-grandmothers, Philadelphia Isabella, who was an Evatt before she married a Pressley, and her siblings. I had the names of her parents before and now I have pictures of them.

Here they are, my great-great-great grandparents, Jared David and Margaret Bush Gaines Evatt.





I can't begin to express the excitement that I feel with each new discovery, especially when those discoveries involve pictures of these folks that I never got to know. I am because they were and it is just incredible to get to put a face to their names after all of these years!

2 comments:

  1. I work on our family tree too. I find the past fascinating. I wonder about their lives and what it was like to be in their shoes.

    Is it me, or does your ancestor Jared look like Kevin Bacon?

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  2. @Tami

    Thanks so much for responding to my post.

    I wonder about those things, too. I love history and try to put the events of my family into the timeline of history overall. Sometimes just thinking about how hard many of them must have had it (having babies out in the middle of nowhere, with no doctor or midwife, etc.) is enough to show me how easy we really have it these days. Those folks had to be strong just to survive.

    haha I'll have to look at Gpa's pic again and compare him to Kevin. That thought hadn't crossed my mind. I do remember thinking that there was some similarity between him and my oldest son, also named Jared (though not for this particular Jared).

    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful day and a very happy New Year!

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