April 27, 2011
So recently I have really been into "recording life" and learning about the past. Ever since I made my blog books I have seen how fun it is to look back and remember the past and the events that made us who we are today.
I also have been getting into family history or genealogy just a bit by using new.familysearch.org. This is the most incredible website where people can submit what they know about their family history and it searches the database to see if anyone else has submitted similar or the same information. It then can link your family tree to someone elses family tree who may have more information and so on.
This is what happened with Pat's great grandma's line. Pat didn't have any information past his paternal great grandmothers side, he only knew the maiden name, birthday date, birth place, husband's name and birthday. When I entered this information I saw that someone else had entered the same exact information. When I connected to them to our family tree I saw a family line that went back to the 1600s! Amazing, right!?
A while back I saw these cool family tree designs that I loved. I tried to come up with my own design but still have a long way to go. This is what I came up with, but it doesn't quite hit the mark.
I also found these pictures of my Grandma, Lottie, that I had scanned in a few years back. I love this picture so much. I love her clothes, hair and expression on her face.
Then I placed a picture I had taken last year of her at 94 years old, and placed it on top of the picture of when she must had been 20 years old or so. I just wanted to see what it would look like and ended up kinda liking it. It is a bit funny, but I love that fact that she is just a beautiful now as she was 70 plus years ago. I also love the look in her eyes, as if she looking back on her whole life and has experienced so much, yet is still the same girl from a small town in Idaho.
It makes me wonder what I will have seen if I live to be 94. What will I look like? Will I look as good as my Grandma? How much pain and how much happiness will I experience in the next 66 years? What will my family be like? If only I had a looking glass and could gain the wisdom I will have then and have it now.