A Family Tree
“Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your children’s children.” Deuteronomy 4:9 2c
Recently I was looking at the list of paperwork needed for Ecuador and one of the papers I needed was proof that my father and mother were born in the US. It did not state it on my birth certificate. I googled my father’s name and it linked me up to his name on Mundia .com a part of Ancesters.com, which lets you make a family tree online for free. I got so fascinated with it that before I knew it, I was making one. My father was listed there on someone’s family tree. Before I knew it, I was making the tree using the information my sister, Mary, had researched years ago. The thing I like about this site, is it lets you put up pictures. Also, you can tell stories about the people listed. I liked the information my sister had, but I always felt I wanted to know more about the relatives as personalities. I had always wished that I could have known my mother and father better, especially as I got older. Many people are making these family trees, so I found many people who already had the information on multiple branches of my tree and I all I had to do was copy it.
Right at the same time I was hooked on the family tree, I was in the middle of scanning 70 years of photos. I wanted to get this done for my family before I leave for Ecuador, because I do not want to take the pictures with me. There are too many!! These two endeavors have come together at the right time. I am thrilled that I have been able to add so many of these pictures on the family tree. Luckily, I had an Aunt Bertha that kept the Railton pictures (father’s side) labeled and passed them on to me. My sister is the keeper of the Smith (mother’s side) photos. One year she came from FL to CT to visit and she brought all of her albums. I spent months scanning them. A while after that, my computer crashed and I lost everyone. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrating that was. While I was in the middle of these two projects, my children’s father passed away and the kids called for pictures of him for his funeral. So Leo and I went to our storage unit to get about 10 boxes of pictures. Our apt. is small so we were overrun with boxes of pictures. We spent a good part of that day quickly going through each box looking for the needed pictures. When we found them, I scanned them and sent them to my children in FL via Google Drive. After that I looked around and saw the mess of boxes. I spent the next few days going through each box, pulling out pictures and tossing them into smaller boxes labeled with people’s names to sort. I have found that when I sort by person, I can make a file folder on the computer with the family member’s name and scan them into one folder easier and faster than if I had to switch the destination folder each time. I’ve been doing this enough that I have devised strategies to make this go faster. In any event, this is a tedious job. I will put all the family pictures on a flash drive for each of our children. The hard copies will be going in the dumpster. Oh, what a mother will do for her children.
When I go to FL to visit before leaving for Ecuador, I am going to scan some of my sister’s photos again for the family tree. I recommend the family tree site for anyone interested. Warning: It is addictive! I feel it is a good thing to leave my children and grandchildren.
Have you ever used this site to make your family tree?
Do you know of a better site?
How do you tame your photo situation?