11 October 2012

31 Days of Tree Climbing

I know; I'm too old for climbing trees. But these particular trees are so much fun to climb and, while I might get a headache from banging my head against them, I am unlikely to sustain any real physical injury from these trees. My favorite kind of tree to climb is our family tree.

I have come up against a multitude of brick walls while working on our family's genealogy. People with the answers to my questions have died and formerly found information has been lost in various moves or just outright stolen. Also, not everyone is keen on sharing the information that they have with me. No worries; playing detective can be fun and I don't mind working alone.

I bought two books over the last week that promise to offer a great deal of help with detective work and analysis. They are:
Forensic Genealogyand In Search of Your Confederate Ancestors

I am on a quest to qualify for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Confederacy. This has brought me to a few project ideas. One of the projects that I am working on is to find at least one Revolutionary War patriot for each branch of our family. The Revolutionary War was around the time of our fifth great-grandparents, which means about 64 surnames - assuming that I did the math right. This is not necessarily a safe assumption these days! A project this extensive isn't required to join the DAR. I only have to verify the lineage back to one patriot for membership. Thankfully, someone else has provided a path up that tree for me. More about that in another post!

I learned about the "31 Days" memes going on at The Nester through The Gypsy Mama's 31 Days to Write Your Story. This 31 Days adventure was meant for the entire month of October. I'm joining in late. Better late than never, right? Please stop by their blogs to read all of the wonderful things that they are sharing!

Disclosure: Book links are affiliate links and I will receive financial benefit if you purchase these books using the links provided.


  1. Awesome post, Sis! I wish you the very best with your tree-climbing, and with your membership quest. :)

    1. Thanks, Sis. I appreciate that. You'll be one of the first to know when/if I get in. :)


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