I met Elyse Doerfinger at the SCGS Jamboree this month and I’ve been thinking about her a lot since Jamboree. I don’t really know her. I met her for a few minutes and I’ve now subscribed to her blogs. But, I relate to her and wish I had become as involved with genealogy at her age as she is.
I too was introduced to genealogy at a young age. Just after my freshman year in high school I went with my parents to visit my grandparents in Alabama. My grandmother had an old trunk on her back porch and I always loved looking through it. This time I started looking at an old composition book in which my great grandmother had drawn a family tree. There were maybe five or six pages of notes about our family. My mother suggested that we go into Birmingham and see if we could find out anything more about the family. What a fun day. I think it was the first time my mother did any family history research and it stuck with her. She continued to research for the next 25 years.
This is for Elyse. Becoming and being a teacher is time consuming. I know because I taught for 11 years and have been in administration for the last 12 years. During the time my mother was researching, I got a BA, MA, CA teacher’s credential, and administrative credential. I raised four children and attended baseball games, soccer games, football games, swim meets, track meets, and band concerts. I was a Brownie leader, Girl Scout leader, and PTA mother. I even was in a women’s club where I held a number of offices. We all prioritize our time and although all the things I did were worthwhile, I do regret not putting more priority to my family history. There will be times when you will just not have time for everything. Be sure to set your priorities and I hope the relationships and research you are doing can remain on the top.