Where it all began….

My interest in family history began at an early age.  I was in the GATES program in elementary school.  We always got to do neat studies on various subjects, one of them genealogy.

I was about 10 when I did this project in 1986.  It didn’t go beyond my great-grandparents, but I was fascinated.  When you’re a kid, you tend to think in the now.  I thought it was so cool that my great-grandparents had immigrated from Sweden.  I had never met them, and definitely had never heard their names before.  Lars and Eugenia Bergman.  So foreign.


We only worked on this for a few months and then moved on to another subject – maybe frog dissecting?  I can’t remember exactly.

Genealogy was shelved for me.

I didn’t revisit it again until I had my first daughter, almost 12 years ago.

I often wonder how much more information I could have gleaned had I asked my grandparents more questions when they were still alive.

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