So my mom and I have become much more interested in the family history lately. With the 150th Anniversary of the Mountain Meadow Massacre coming up this September 11th, we've been looking around a bit.
In the last two days I've found my 6 times grandfather's (my mother's paternal line) Last Will and Testament. On my mother's maternal line I've found the family tree back to about the 1600's. AAAAND, my father's birth mother's family tree back to 1475. Ok, so now I'm fascinated.
Mom's maternal side surnames:
Oberly(1740's) Elizabeth Oberly's Last Will and Testament
Mother's Paternal side surnames:
Wow, there are so many people and names....I guess I can be glad my family tree branches, right? There are so many stories that go with my families, Mountain Meadow Massacre, underground railroads, possible relationship with Alexander Selkirk (Robinson Carouse was written about), schools named after people, the "fighting Parson", etc. It's fun to delve into your family history. I'm sure I'll find things I'd rather not, like the note that one of our ancestors might have "hung to death"....but hey, past is the past, good or bad it's interesting none the less.
Now my father is adopted, but we know his birth mother's name. I looked her up, and found her family tree back to 1475, ok, that is over 600 years. Someone did a butt load of work. But obviously my dad isn't on the tree. So it makes me think, how many other adoptions were there? Not only on that side of the family, but on my mom's side. Kinda makes you think....anyone could be a 'cousin'.....hunh.
If you are interested in searching your family historyhere is a link to start.