2019: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 51 (Dec.16 – Dec. 22 ): FUTURE
I “first” joined Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on its “first” year in 2014… and what a whirlwind year that was… writing, editing and researching daily for 365 days! As much as I wanted to continue the following year, I found that I didn’t have the time to continue another year with that type of research… although I did continue blogging and writing stories at my own pace, which allowed me to write on other topics as well as family stories when ideas came my way… but I’ve often missed it. The first year were no specific weekly prompts like today… but I’m taking a different spin on them. There will be some posts on a specific ancestor, but most will be memories that spring from those prompts. Head over to 2014 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to read about my ancestors in the first years challenge.
If you’re new to genealogy, make your “first” stop to Amy’s website for genealogy ideas or even join in on this 52 Week challenge… you learn by doing… not procrastinating! There is no right or wrong… anything you do is a start!
My “future” researchers!
What does the “Future” hold for me in my research… only time will tell… but instead of a post, I’ve chosen to write a letter to my now and “future” grandchildren!
Dear granddaughters Ella, McKinley, Ana, Nina and Grace and all that may follow one day… many years from now.
I began my research in the early 90’s, at a time when computers had just come into almost everyone’s household… but things still were not nearly as accessible as they are today. I began with paper and pencil in writing out my family group sheets… who does that today… but I still enjoy writing out notes when researching. There’s something about putting information on paper that makes it sink more into the brain and helps you to really see it in perspective.
At this time in my life, I feel I have brought our two family lines of “Bryan” and McKinley” as far as I’m going to… but not to say I won’t pick up the research again. I’ve often laid it aside for other things, and then received that unexpected email… peeking my interest and bringing me back into researching.
I have many memories of walking through cemeteries, often with my children in tow, as I looked for gravesites…. and I’ve even dragged my husband in several also. He’s never complained as I think he enjoyed the aspect of reading the tombstones and dates and feeling good at enjoying life longer than many there. I’ve even trampled through cemeteries for reasons other than searching out my own ancestors.
Thinking and looking at all of the family papers, photographs and stories I’ve gathered over the years, often overwhelms me at times… and one day, if you dare to delve into those boxes… I’m sure you’ll shake your head; hopefully if it’s been saved!
Through much letter writing in my early research, I was very lucky to have made contact with two researchers… one on each of my main lines. They had began their research in the early 70’s… and were lucky enough to also have met even earlier researchers. It was through them that I furthered my own research much quicker than I probably would have.
Sometimes I wonder if saving my years of research for my future descendants will become a blessing or curse! While I enjoy looking through the many books I’ve assembled… will they? I’ve often wondered if I should pull out all the family photographed that are in those books… but being in there, along with the pages of words, better tells their story.
I do have to tell you that I had fun and enjoyed the research…. discovering towns where they lived and even finding their homesites. It was the mountain town of Dahlonega, Georgia which I enjoyed discovering the most… and since visiting so often, well I almost feel like I belong there… as my roots go back to 1834 when my Bryan’s first settled in that area.
My one roadblock in those Georgia mountains, is my Bryan line of John and Nancy (unknown) Bryan… parents of James Bryan (1791-18??) who settled there to raise his family. If there is one thing I ask of my “future” descendants… “continue on with this line in discovering from where John Bryan came from…. who is parents were… and finally I hope you discover my mysterious Nancy’s maiden name, which has been a continued roadblock for me, along with many other Bryan researchers.”
What puzzles so many Bryan researchers is “why” did our John Bryan suddenly appear with Nancy… and in the same areas as several other Bryan’s… how no one has been able to connect the dots of how the Bryan’s and Boone’s have been linked together through the years in so many areas; that is also another “future” hope I have… so I’m leaving that in the hands of my little “future” researchers!
While I have numerous “future” requests…. I’m sure you’ll discover them when you unpack and delve into my many years of research… so now it’s in your hands!
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