Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The things you find!!

My oh my! If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that Jim and I were called to be the Ward Family History Consultants for our church. We have been taking classes on how to use the new system, which is so awesome!!! Last week I spent a lot of time on the site adding names and then finding that on my grandma's mother's side of the family there is a strong LDS background! I had no idea! My dad had no idea! I was so surprised and thrilled to find out I had family members who were baptised in the church back in the 1880's!!!! That's when the church was new! How exciting was that to find out!? Plus I found family info on my great grandmothers side dating back to the 1500's!
All of this just on my grandma's side. I have barely started putting anything in on the rest of the family, I was so enthralled with looking back at all this info and clicking on names to find out more!
We also taught a Family History class at the church last week to the Relief Society. The ladies were so excited when we were done, they are ready to start doing thier own searches!
I also spoke to them about the importance of journaling. Be it a regular journal that you write in or a scrapbook that you preserve family memories in. I have found that with this searching, the more I find out, the more I want to find out!! I have located a couple of distant cousins while doing the search (Anyone who registers...please put your email addy in your profile so if distant family finds your info and wants to learn more they can contact you!) and I have learned some great family stories this way!!!
But back to the journaling. No matter what way you do it...just do it! This will let the future generations of your family know you and know about the family. I have pictures of family members that I got from my grandma Elsie, pictures that have a name on them, but I have no idea who the people are. My grandmother is no longer with us, so I can't ask her. How I wish I could ask her!! Is this person an Aunt? Cousin? Who is she? And how I wish I had paid more attention to the stories she told me when I was a child! Sure I remember some of them and I am writing down what I can remember so my grandkids and great grandkids can know more about their great grandmother Elsie.
I have always been interested in geneology work, but this has rekindled and made this interest grow so much stronger!!

In other news *L* We are counting the days until we go to Utah to meet Patrick! The newest family member!!! Gosh I can't believe he is 2 weeks old today!! I went to a crop last Friday, so of course I had to do some pages of him! *insert proud grandma smile here* :)

And one of Brit in the baby's room shortly before Patrick arrived

And then of course I had to start scrapping the Knotts trip!!

I have to admit I have been a bad blogger and haven't been getting my pages up here for anyone to see. Soooooooo excuse the long post..but I am going to add just a few more of the pages I have done in the last month. *L* Here are some assorted pages for your viewing pleasure!

Dawn McD and I are playing the Birthday Bash game at TTS this month. We are 'Scrappers Gone Wild!' *L* Here is the page we did for last weeks competition. What we do is one of us does part of the page then we pass it on to the other and that person does some....and we do this until we are happy with the page then we post it with a list of who did what! Fun game!!!

Speaking of TTS! Check out what is going on now.....


BunnyKissd said...

What great news on the geneology stuff! And those LOs! Adorable! My faves are Dangerously Cute, Angelic Madi, Yikes, and Three... ^_^ Beautiful!

Jodi said...

Taht is awesome on teh geneology!

Love all your pages!

NikJustNik said...

WOW!!! Those layouts are incredible. It shoulds like your are loving where your life it at right now!!!

Shelley said...

Julie- the geneology sounds great! Love all the layouts too! You always get so much done at crops - it amazes me!

twinsand2boys said...

My mom works at the local family history library. She is as excited about doing Geneology as you sound. It is so great to be able to research it and learn so much.
Great layouts too! Where are you going in Utah? Stopping by Ts by chance?