Sunday, April 11, 2010

My reason for this Blog

Before I get into my Family tree and such, I wanted to let you know why I started looking for my family to begin with.
I lost my parents when I was in my late 20's...totally unexpected. They died within 14 months of each other. At the time I was trying to find out what it was like being a new wife and a new Mom. My world just exploded. It has taken years to find my way.
About 5 years ago I wanted to start scrapbooking, and decided I needed to start with the only "photo" I had of my paternal greatgrandfather, Jesse O. Burgess. ( The gentleman in the banner on the left)
My Dad was really into history and very proud of his heritage. I had listened to him talk about his grandfather and the Civil War and had seen the letters from Jesse, but that was about it. My Dad has one sister and God Bless her she is still with us. Her name is Rosemary, and we have spent a lot of hours in the last 4 years talking about the family. I would ask questions and it would spark a memory and away we would go!
One my Mom's side, everyone except some of my cousins are gone. There is no one to ask one. So that side of the family was a real puzzle and finding out about this side has lead me on some great journeys! I have more family than I ever knew!
So, the scrapbooking took a backseat and the genealogy became my passion. As with all of us, I love the hunt! I still haven't done that scrapbook page. :)
So, I will be sharing my stories, and what I learned about genealogy this last 5 years. I hope that what I write might help someone else on their journey too!


  1. Very nice start Sandy. I would be happy to do your blog badge for you. What picture do you want to use?

  2. I admire your courage and motivation. This will be a journey that will take you places you never even dreamed. Hugs my friend, Mollye

  3. Congratulations on a great start for your new blog! I am your newest follower!!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. I love genealogy ♥♥♥♥♥♥
    Hope you get many, many hits on this new blog.
    The family history search is a never-ending wonderful journey. Always, always leaving one with more questions.

  5. Well done, Sandy! There are so many wonderful resources out there, aren't there! An addicting passion, and an important one! I'll be back often!

  6. Sandy....this is just beautiful!!!! Well done!



  7. This is a great idea to start this blog Sandy. I'm kind of in this same position with my family too so I'll watch what you do.

  8. Sandy, What a wonderful idea! You have a great start on this blog and I wish you much success in this venture,

  9. Hi Sandy: I love your 521 Lake blog and look forward to reading your new blog too. I just started researching my family and it has been a blast. Best of luck on the new blog.

  10. Hi dear Sandy,
    What a treat to come over and discover this new Blog. The Header alone, is completely wonderful. I'm sure your ancestors are watching and helping from the other side. It must make them SO happy to see their memories brought to life by you. I'm so impressed!
    Thank you for your prayers regarding my mom. She had the "cement" procedure done today. It looks good so far. Time will tell and so will God. He knows best. : )
    Mary Lou

  11. What a great idea! How are you researching? Are you using a program online? I have always wanted to research my family but didn't know where to start. Good luck.

  12. Sandy,
    Thanks for letting me know about this.Like I said it is totally addictive. I haven't figured out how to combine my scrapbooking with geneology yet(so it doesn't take over my life with a huge project.) Anyway this blog is really beautiful. I'll be anxiously following.

  13. What a great idea. Sandy. My daughter has done extensive research on our family. She has a lot of info going back several generations on different branches of the family. It's nice to be able to pass this kind of information on to future generations.
    I love the layout, background, etc. for this blog.

  14. Do Charlotte's think alike? I just noticed the other Charlotte started her comments off the same way I did.

  15. Sandy, you write beautifully...what a gift to find your family. My two sister's have done research as well. All unexpected surprises. We
    lost our Dad when we were very young and it means so much to know his people, where we come
    from and the values they passed onto us.I will love to follow you and your interesting blog...