The day after the packet of treasured information came in the mail I sat down to look through it. The moment I took the papers in my hand I was overcome with emotion and a great sense of urgency to prepare this information and allow these ancestors to receive their long awaited ordnances. I could feel a tingling sensation in my fingers as I turned each page. All my life I've heard peoples' stories of doing genealogy for their family and I never quite understood the feelings they described. I never felt the sense of importance of genealogy. While going through these papers, though, I quickly learned why the people who have done genealogy work have such a passion for it. The excitement I feel and the collective sense of urgency from somewhere beyond me is something I am unable to ignore.
As of yesterday I have made it half way through the packet of information and I've managed to create a very extensive family tree. However, there are holes here and there where information has been lost. . One name, or rather, a lack of name stood out to me. In all the information that my husband's family had collected there was one woman, a second wife, where the only information was for her children, there was no information about the woman at all. No name, nor birth date, no death date. Nothing. I immediately singled her out as one of my priorities. Over the course of two hundred years this woman's name was forgotten, disappearing into history. The idea that a prominent figure of this family had disappeared broke my heart and I committed to find out who she was. It took some digging, but thanks to the amazing records and resources of the church I have found her. I don't think I could describe the feeling when I found her. She became real again. Even thinking about it gives me such a high and renews my excitement. I'm hoping that this sensation will help pull me through some of the difficulties I may face in the process of completing this genealogical work.
I have so much to learn and yet in spite of the fact that this is such an overwhelming task I don't feel overwhelmed at all. I realize that this is only the beginning, but my testimony of family history and genealogy work has blossomed overnight, and is becoming something I never knew I had inside me.
Have any of you done genealogy work? Have any tips for a newbie?