W.D.Y.T.Y.A

now anyone that watches or does genealogy, knows what those initials are, but for those of you that don’t, it is for the ancestry show called “Who Do You Think You Are?” that is on TLC.

It is basically a show, where they help celebrities find out about their family history. It can be interesting to watch, if you like the person or just seeing how they get to find out about their families, the good, the bad and sometimes the sad.

BUT and this is a BIG BUT they make it look so easy to find things out and get help at the different historical centers and sometimes you want to scream “You are holding a 100 year old letter – put on gloves for God sake!!!!! “

Anyone that does serious genealogy or just does it for fun, knows that it is not that easy to find information. I mean I have been searching for my Grandparents wedding date for about 10 years now and am no closer than I was when I started.

They walk into places and there are people with copies of letters, pictures, newspaper articles all in files for them; or they type the name in ancestry and Poof – its right there with no spelling errors, missing pages or people. Now, if was that easy to find things. They should show what went into finding these things before they showed up.

I wish that they would do some shows with regular people with fascinating family, not everyone is a star and not everyone that has a famous person in the past is famous now.

I know that I would love to watch a show that shows how hard the search can be and how wonderful it is to break through that wall that you have been trying to break for years.

There are several in my tree that I would love to break:

  • My Grandparents Wedding Date – I can find her with another man :O – but not with my Grandfather
  • My Great Great Grandfather – Walter Dicks – I have his obit and an article on him when he died; a photo in his Ottawa Police Uniform BUT the book written about the Ottawa Police Department doesn’t list him, even though he was the Chief of Detectives. I have written and spoke to people back there and they say there are no records??
  • On My Compton side – I would love to find out the father of my 5th Great Grandfather – William Compton. If I could confirm who his father is, then I could possibly link him to other Comptons, including some with Royalty and some that still live in England and also on Vancouver Island. Some do list a father but without confirmation of some kind, I just can’t. Sources, people, I need sources.
  • And then there are little ones that I need to figure out, but these are the big ones that I can think of at the moment.

    So, W.D.Y.T.Y.A??

    I am an daughter of an Irish-English Father and a Swede-Finn-Swede Mother. I have the Irish & Swedish stubbornness; look more English than Finnish or Swedish;I got my sensitive side from my Grandmas (who I miss dearly) and I don’t know which side gave me my sweet-tooth but someone did. And it all blends into the love of family, something I don’t think I will ever give up – sources or otherwise.

    Me

    The ever changing branches . . . .

    It has been awhile and the branches of my tree have changed during these last few months. It truly is like a living tree that adds new branches, some change and some are grafted in.

    The summer started with a wonderful time as my parents celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. It was a quiet afternoon BBQ with just them, their children & spouses and their grandchildren with their boyfriends/soon-to-be husbands.

    It was something to see – 2 people who started out all those years ago, now surrounded by, I guess you could say the fruits of their branches. There are not many that make it 60, but I know there are several in the family tree that have.

    And then, we added a new branch as my niece, Julie married Marty bringing a new branch into this ever widening tree. And it was a beautiful day filled with love, laughter and tears (ok, tears mostly on my part). My wish and prayer is that this branch blossom and bloom so that in the year 2073, Julie and Marty will be having their 60th Wedding Anniversary surrounded by their children and grandchild.

    Then comes the joy of another new branch starting. A cousin in Sweden became a Grandpa with the birth of a beautiful baby boy.

    But sadly, sometimes tree branches must, while not ending but becoming a sturdy limb to hang memories on.

    First came word that my cousin, Carol had lost her Emil. They were together for years and although I never got to meet him, I could tell by how she talked about him that he was a wonderful person who loved her and she loved him.

    I then saw a post that a cousin (I don’t like calling them distant – miles are a distant, family is family no matter what the generations apart you are) — she passed away. She was through my Compton line, living back East. She was a wife and a Mother and loved.

    So, as the summer starts to close, that would be all, right? The family tree isn’t going change anymore because of a passing. Sadly, life, as it does, carries on and I got word that a cousin in Australia had passed. He and his wife had just celebrated their 58th anniversary close to when Mom and Dad celebrated theirs. I was in touch with them through their daughter, Sandra, as we both research the Compton Family Tree. That is how we are related, through the Compton side.

    And then sadly, Sandra posted that her Aunt (on her Mom’s side) had also passed.

    So, the Family Tree – we add but we never subtract. I always hope that even with the passing of a Family member, as long as they are remembered, they are never truly gone, they will live on, helping make my Family Tree bigger and stronger as the years go by.