NOTES FROM AUTHOR
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, pray for tomorrow."
To understand our future, we must first look to the past. Deep down inside all of us there is a hunger to learn of our origins, where we all came from and where we belong. It is our given right to feel like we belong to something greater than ourselves. The bigger picture, the meaning of life ..
Sometimes we can faintly hear our ancestors whispering calming advice in our ears, helping us through life's challenges set before us. Through all the good and the bad, one thing remains steadfast .our ever loving family. As one of us leaves this life to the afterworld, another enters and takes with them an instinctive imprint of ancestors past. Some of the underlying qualities we all seem to possess are Honesty, Courage, Love, Joy, Compassion, Hope, and Faith as each of us pass down to our children from one generation to the next. In different hours of our life, we represent a handful of our ancestors rolled up into one, making us the people we are today
From as early as I can remember, I've always had a fascination with History. I have always wanted to start a Family Tree project, but had never got around to finding the time or the resources to put it all together. Well that has all changed. Not only have I spent the last few years of my life researching several branches of my family tree, but I have gotten much closer to my relatives and learned to appreciate everything a little more in my life.
Where did I come from? Who were my ancestors? What started out as a pet project has now become a full-blown obsession. Genealogy research is like trying to put together a 40,000 piece puzzle while blindfolded. But when you do find a piece, it renews your effort and intensity to search even more. Through the help of computers and diligent genealogists and books, much of the information for my research was available on-line through pay sites such as Ancestry.com©, RootsWeb, Ellis Island.org, NewEnglandAncestors.com, etc.
What would have taken me years upon years of traveling to churches, town halls and cemeteries in different countries and states, has taken a mere two years to gather a wealth of information. I feel like I am truly blessed to have been able to put together this information for all of our family to enjoy. I still consider this an unfinished work in progress that I hope one of our descendants will continue in the years after I have gone.
Building the family tree has turned in to a labor of love for me. My reward
is that I have inherited a wealth of knowledge about our family's history. It
has been my honor and extreme pleasure to research and organize our family's
genealogical history. I have spent hundreds of hours looking through thousands
of documents, and I would gladly do it all again without hesitation. I can only
tell you what a wonderful ride this has been for me, and I sincerely hope that
one of our descendants reading this, can someday pick up where I have left off
to continue this amazing story of life.
Please continue your branches of our tree as they shoot towards the stars!
"I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations. Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us and as our posterity read of our life's experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted."