Tag Archives: genealogy
Starting My First Family Tree
I became interested in my family heritage at an early age, around ten years old. Way before the internet generation! My mother had told me that she was born in England and that my father was American with a little Indian in his blood. That statement got me wondering about my grandparents and great-grandparents. I knew very little about them, much less where they had been born or lived. In my later years, I always remembered what she had told me. By the time the internet came around, I had […]
How to Make Genealogy Come to Life!
As I was searching my family tree the other day, I thought to myself, “Boy, these people don’t seem very interesting.” I had been on my computer for about 6 hours, making steady headway down the ranks of relatives. I found the birth, marriage, and death records. I found census returns, military reports, and newspaper articles. Even though I had all these documents, it did not seem to make my ancestors “feel real” to me. I needed more than name, rank and serial number! I wanted to know how they […]
About Me and The Genealogy Insider
Hello, my name is Donna Wakenight, and I would like to tell you a little about myself and my website. I was born in the ’60’s to an English mother and American father. There are eight children in all, and we lived in the rural, farming area of western Illinois. In 1999, after the death of my father, my mother wanted to move to a warmer climate. We had taken a vacation to Las Vegas a few years prior, and she loved the drier weather. We found a small town […]