My Newest Hobby/Obsession

My newest hobby/obsession is tracing my family and my husband’s ancestry.  It’s another easy thing to do when you are chronically ill, because you can do it online.  And, it’s great to have a hobby when you can’t do much else.  Using my laptop, I can spend many hours on the couch searching for long-ago relatives.  I find that the days fly by when I’m seeing new ancestors pop-up on my computer screen.

My Newest Hobby/Obsession


I’ve actually found all 4 sides for both of us now back to before they immigrated to America.  One family line goes back to the 1100’s.  This is just a blast!!!  Hubby loves all the new info that I find, too.  His DNA test from Ancestry.com came back with a few surprises.  He knew that he was German, but found that he was 50% German and 26% Irish.

My Newest Hobby/Obsession
The most interesting change that I found was that my line was from Scotland, and not Germany.  The information contains so many wonderful characters and their stories.  Because I love history, the search is so facinating.  

Have you spent time tracing your ancestors?  How was your experience?  What, if any service, did you use?  I’m using ancestor.com. and it’s pretty easy to use (after you get used to it).
@2016, copyright Lisa Ehrman

My Newest Hobby/Obsession

2 thoughts on “My Newest Hobby/Obsession

  • August 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    How exciting for you and your family! You are very fortunate to find out so much information on your ancestors.

    What I know about my family is from writings other have produced and on my husband's side, some notes from his father and local newspaper articles. Logwoods go back to Sedalia, VA, over in Bedford County. My family did get to walk thru the old homeplace up there, Locust Hill (built in 1787), which is still standing. This was many years ago, tho. There is also a cemetery on the property we did not see at that time. I would like to go back up there again.

    I have books on the Tweedys (my maternal grandmother's family) who go back to Scotland (Tweed River runs between Scotland and England). On this side, we had 5 generations living at one time! My daughter was 4 years old when my great-grandmother passed away at 102. I was very fortunate to be raised among much extended family, and my children also had the privilege of spending a lot of time with my grandmother and great aunts.

    The Smyths (my paternal grandfather's mother's family) go back to Smyth Co., VA and an ancestor gave the land for Emory & Henry College down there (at Abingdon, VA). There used to be Smyth reunions that my dad and aunts attended, but they have ceased since the ones organizing it passed away.

    The research that has already been dug up and put together interests me, but I've never done much on my own. The internet does make it so easy now, and it may one day be something I delve into!

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  • August 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm
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    You have such exciting history, too 🙂 I love history and that makes it much easier. It's wonderful to have all the generations together. I also had a great-grandmother who lived to be 102 (almost 103) and our family was so close. We loved living down the street from her….such a blessing! She was a wonderful Christian lady. I hope you have time to find out more….it's great fun!

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