This week on Romance Writers Weekly, it was my turn to set the topic. As my mind is very busy with plans for a trip I am taking soon, to visit Belgium where my mother was born, I came up with this one:
Are you interested in genealogy? Have you traced your family generations back? If so, how far have you gone? And what fascinating stories have you discovered?
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
As you might have guessed by the topic, I am interested in geneology. I find it fascinating to think of all the ancestors who have come before me, and love to ponder what their lives were like.
I haven't done a lot of research myself, but I have gathered what other members of my family have discovered together into a keepsake book. On my father's side, I have names going to the fifth generation back from myself, and on my mother's side, the sixth (If I'm counting right). My three-times Great Grandparents on my father's side were both born in 1793 (she was actually almost a year older than him, as she was born in January and he in December). The same grandfather on my mother's side was born in 1799, and I have his parent's names, but no dates for them.
As I mentioned, my mother was born in Belgium, and her family emigrated to Canada after World War II. Oddly enough, the legend is that the first relative on my father's side to come to Canada also came from Belgium, but he arrived here in the early 1800's. It's those sorts of stories that I find interesting. Maybe my parents are actually related many generations ago!
On June 1, we are making a trip I have hoped to do for a long time. My parents, my husband and I are going to visit the family still living in Belgium, in the Antwerp area. We've met a few of them over the years, as they have come to visit us. And my parents have been a number of times. But I've never gone, and while I wish I could have made the trip with my grandparents, better late than never, and I am really looking forward to it!
What family stories do you have to tell? Do you like looking back, or are you more a "forward to the future" kind of person? Let me know in the comments!
Now hop on over to the lovely Jenna da Sie and see what she knows about her ancestors.