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Journey # 2: No Going Back

After only a few days of searching on FamilySearch.org I realized I was hooked and that there was no going back. Actually, going back was the whole point, so I guess, technically, at that point, there was no going forward with most other things in my life. I had become enmeshed in genealogy research without having any plans to do so. 

Most of the genealogy sites let you build a family tree, so now that I knew I was going to keep at it, I created a tree on FamilySearch.org (remember, that's the free one), adding leaves and branches for the information I already had. I then went back to searching for more relatives. 

I quickly found birth registry records for my father and his siblings and then for their parents.  Note that registry records are different from actual documents like birth or marriage certificates. Registry records are simple lists of events, which often show only the most basic data — like name and date. Sometimes they have more information. Birth registry data might show the names of parents, but it might not.

By this second week the laundry was piling up and the fridge was empty, but I had discovered several candidates for the positions of great-grandparenthood. But the names were all common, and it seemed impossible to narrow down the search using the information on FamlySearch.org. I knew I had family documents and photographs in a trunk, so the next step involved digging through the attic. 

There wasn't as much as I had hoped: a photocopy of my father's birth certificate and a laminated original of his parents' marriage certificate. There were a few documents related to my father's and grandfather's military service. A couple of letters written in the 1970s gave me the married names of two great-aunts. It didn't seem like much, but it was a start. 

Later I found out that by genealogy standards, it was a treasure trove. Many people begin with no documents at all, just a few names.

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