Getting Started Stories

Getting Started Stories

How did it begin?

When did you first get interested in family history?

Did you discover old letters? Or did you hear a new family story? Were you captivated by an old photograph? Or did a distant relative find you?

However you caught the bug, we at Treelines want to hear the story. Take a break from telling the stories of your ancestors and tell us about yourself and how your curiosity started you on this amazing journey.

Contributions

My Genealogy Journey Thus Far

My Genealogy Journey Thus Far

A story about my genealogical journey, how it all started and where it has led.

2007 – 2011
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How I Got Into Genealogy

How I Got Into Genealogy

Not many people can say they got started at 12, but I did! Here's the full story.

July 1991 – 2013
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From the Ancient Dead to the Recent Dead

From the Ancient Dead to the Recent Dead

How I almost became an archaeologist instead of a genealogist.

April 1989 – March 2013
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A German Mystery

A German Mystery

My genealogy story

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The family secret behind granddad's desk calendar

The family secret behind granddad's desk calendar

A surprising artifact discovered after a parent's death leads to a series of discoveries and an ongoing interest in genealogy.

October 1937 – August 2006
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YES  -- I COULD DO THAT!

YES -- I COULD DO THAT!

This story is about the factors that entered into my decision to delve into the family history and how it came to be.

1897 – est 1980
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Who am I? Really?

Who am I? Really?

In my late teens and early twenties my curiosity began to get the better of me. Where am I from and what makes me me?

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Lost in 1860

Lost in 1860

Lost in 1860

1855 – 1886
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How I Started Researching my Webster Family Tree

How I Started Researching my Webster Family Tree

Everything has a beginning. This is the story of mine.

est 1977 – est 1977
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It Began in a Graveyard

It Began in a Graveyard

Not quite 14 years old, I met my ancestors by accident and life has never been the same.

February 1993 – July 31, 2004
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Where it all began, my journey into the past.

Where it all began, my journey into the past.

The Wencl J. & Theresia (Braulich) Haberman Family

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A 14-year old's quest to find her grandfather

A 14-year old's quest to find her grandfather

How in finding the man, I discovered my Galician roots.

1849 – 2012
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How an assignment led to an addiction

How an assignment led to an addiction

It all started with a history assignment at El Camino College in Torrance, California. Write down what you know about your family history.

1918 – 1982
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Long Lost Glasscocks

Long Lost Glasscocks

Long Lost Glasscocks: The Interesting Story of Glasscock Cousins who changed their name to Ballard in Autauga/Chilton/Elmore Co. Alabama..

29 May 1867 – 29 May 1867
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Losing  One Family Member, But Gaining Generations

Losing One Family Member, But Gaining Generations

I consider this my first "genealogy" moment. 1984. I was 9 years old.

1984 – December 1984
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A Wondering    
Child

A Wondering Child

I believe that I was chosen before I came here to write about those who wanted their stories told which is why I was a wondering child...

c. 1920 – 2013
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The quest for where I came from ... Or who am I

The quest for where I came from ... Or who am I

I at 61 am still discovering who I am....

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The Big Jacobowsky

The Big Jacobowsky

The story of how I discovered that I'm the descendant of Jewish slave owners from Mississippi.

February 11, 1897 – 2012
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