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Old 14th July 2004, 06:37   #1
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Hi all,

Open question to everyone - members and guests alike (guests will need to register first - yes it's FREE! )!

How did you get into Family History / Genealogy research?

There must be some great stories out there - share them with us!

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Old 14th July 2004, 06:43   #2
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Re:How did you get 'addicted' to Family History / Gen

I got started three months ago.... I always said that I would not like to do this because I wasn't that interested in that "stuff"
Then... I was talking to my mom and said I would like to know a little about her parents... she started talking about family and I told her I could probably get some of that information off the "net".
Now I cannot stop!
oh! oh! I'm hooked.
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Old 14th July 2004, 18:14   #3
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Re:How did you get 'addicted' to Family History /

Forum at last!
Anyway, I got thoroughly addicted to Family Reseach, after there was a story in the family (what family hasn\'t!) that some former family member - great great uncle, owned an amount of property and had some sort of problem and left England and went to America.

With the age of the internet, and with some help of people and good honest sites like this Family HistoryUK, I got well and truly hooked!

By the way, I have since found out that this Uncle was not really family, he was as a child looked after by one of my descendant families and later ran a pub - which he did not own! Yes he did have a problem (something about selling illegal booze) And yes he did leave - only the Town, not the country. He actually went to live in London!
Is\'nt it strange how over the years family folklore gets twisted!!

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Old 15th July 2004, 09:31   #4
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Similar here!
My grandad died and to help my grandma get over it, I took here to see her brothers and sisters scattered around North Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and to visit her childhood homes. She obviously did a lot of reminising and talked about Grandad.
I then found out that grandad did not know his parents and was put into a home when he was very young, for some reason (still cannot find out why!), then a Woolley relative (aunt), took him out and brought him up in Ilkeston. Funny thing was that my grandad never really discussed it with me.
So I started investigating, with some help from my cousin, who was into genealogy, I tracked all over the place, visiting research centres, libraries, and when I had found relevant information, I visited the homes and places where my ancestors lived.
Another funny thing was that over the last 10 years of his life, my grandad had alziemers, and when we went out for a car ride and some lunch, on a few occasions we went to a couple of pubs, where it now turns out, he was brought up a few hundred yards away in Ilkeston - Yet he never said anything!
I am now completely \"hooked\", and have to leave off a little in the summer as I would be divorced by now! Wife says \"you looking for dead people again\"!!!
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Re:How did you get 'addicted' to Family History / Gen

Hi all,

Many thanks for all your comments!

Going through the comments, it seems there is a common thread - that Genealogy, Family history is seriuosly addictive!! :laugh:

Another seems that many of the research centres tend to be \"homes\" to the older generation and \"professional\" genealogists, who tend to begrudge younger people being involved!

I must say that I have found this on occasion, but many times have been greatly helped! It also depends on the centre - at Nottingham the staff are brilliant and really helpfull, where as I have found Derby, Matlock less so!

Thanks again all,

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Re:How did you get 'addicted' to Family History / Gen

I think my inspiration to begin researching is a little different to those of other people.

All those who have gone before you have contributed to who and what you are. They are a part of you. The sum of them = you.

I wanted to know WHO I am. What I came from. And, as a result, I wanted to know what life was like for them. What they did. What they were concerned about. Where they went. And, finally, why.

All these things go to make up me.

That\'s what I wanted to know. B)

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Hi all,
Mine is simple, My mother reached retirement age and had a problem with getting her pension, apparently she was not registered (or no records found) and she had a devil of a time sorting it out.
So i offered to help on the internet. when i saw what was available i could not resist looking up other family members.
And as they say the rest is history.
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Hi Wayne,

Hopefully after all that your mother got her pension

You are obviously now suffering from the dreaded "Genealogists Pox"
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Re: How did you get 'addicted' to Family History / Gen

she did get her pension thanks, as for the "pox" I had the vaccination (lucky)
but I have been told i am suffering rellie-itus disease (no known cure)

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True! There is no known cure. However, you can keep the condition happy by giving it regular doses of research.

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