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.

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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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  • Cynthia Shenette - March 7, 2011 - 9:56 am

    I love this! It shows you were interested in your family tree even as a little sprout!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 7, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    I can relate to your blog “where it all begin.” I am a novice in researching my family tree and have had similar thoughts about what information and connection I might have received from my grandparents and other relatives while they were living. Those left behind in my family do not possess all the pieces to our family history. Thanks for your reflection.ReplyCancel

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