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Family for thought

Happy Birthday to my mommy, who turned 57 today-- Thursday, anyway-- the 25th.

I spent a better part of this evening talking about my family tree with my mom. I am going to make a digital version of pretty much anyone I can possibly find out about or remember. Does anyone know of any particularly good family-tree software?

I found out some things that I didn't know before. Apparently Tante Brucha had about a billion kids, for one. I also learned about baseball minor-leaguer David Exter, my grandpa's cousin's husband, and figured out where Weil (the one that the Engineering building at UF) fits into my family. I heard for the first time about Gilbert Levin, my dad's grandfather's nephew, who invited left-handed sugar - a forerunner of Splenda. I also learned things I had heard a million times, and I like them more each time -- about how my grandmother (b. 1917) was begged to go to grad school, but couldn't afford it, and how impressive and odd it was for her to even have a bachelors degree. About how when H.L. Mencken talks about the "damn Jews down the street" -- that's us.

I have such a wonderful and interesting family. As I learn and finish more I will post more. I just want to make sure I can get as many stories as I possibly can while there are still people around to get them from.

I'd like to get a couple of things accomplished this summer:
- begin to digitize a family tree, with every connected person possible, and with any stories and information that my mom, dad, aunts, uncles, or anyone else can remember.
- talk to my Great Aunt Sylvia (dad's side) about my dad's father's other siblings, who I never knew about or met (are any alive besides her? what are all of their names? is she in contact?)
- find out NAMES if nothing else of my mom's great grandparents on her mom's side -- we know none :(

I'm excited about this :):)

My maternal grandparents, known to me as "Grandma" and "Grandpa"


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Jun. 26th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
Family Tree Maker is pretty much awesome, and my version came with a free year on ancestry.com, which has a lot of free resources as well as the paid subscription. They have a lot of records on there...immigration, census, church records, a lot of good stuff. AND! You can post your tree online. My Uncle did a complete one of my mom's side of the family, which saved me half the work :-D
Jun. 26th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I'd go with Ancestry.com. It will generate family trees when you're all done and you can print your own reports or even order large prints of your family tree including little photos of people. Half the time they can dig up immigration info, census info, birth and death records, etc.
Jun. 26th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, and, you can pay for the international version to search beyond US records.
Jun. 27th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I'm on a similar mission. When we were in NY a few weeks ago, I was asking my grandmother about some photos on the wall, above her computer. It was her father's siblings and cousins. Another photo next to it was my grandfather's mother's family. I want to get all of this information collected somehow. One of my dad's cousins built a family tree a number of years ago, and I'd like to get that, but I don't know if I'll be able to.
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