|Samuel Pennell Hannum 1836-1911 (Pennsylvania Quaker)|
My great-great-grandfather on my Mother's side of the family
This is where I will be the next few weeks, furiously updating my family tree on Ancestry.com. I've left it go long enough. My relatives are dying off, I'm losing valuable information.
Ancestry.com and findagrave.com are great resource tools to help me update my family tree. I want to do this now in case I'm not around. Someday THAT will happen, be not being "around."
Now I may "go" tomorrow, wiped out by a rude tourist on Route 1 anxious to get to Rehoboth and a parking spot near the beach. Maybe I do have prostate cancer and my days are numbered (I really don't believe that but I'm prepared). Then maybe I'll live to be 100 years old but we all know how fast time flies by (when you're having fun and I always have fun).
I started my family genealogy research back in April of 1994. Since that time I had periods when I was hot and heavy on the research and then there were those periods where Life interrupted. Then I had periods when I got buried into the research again. One thing about researching family genealogy, it does take over your life.
|My family tree- click to make picture larger|
I was up until 2 am this morning trying to reconcile the dates of my great-great-grandfather Samuel Pennell Hannum. I love this kind of work, LOVE IT! I can imagine people having jobs like this that they love so much that they don't even make time to eat, go to the bathroom or sleep. That's the way it is with me when I'm digging into my family history and updating records.
As I said, I love this activity. I was worried that if I did kick the bucket all my information would be lost. Now I'm not so worried. I'm putting all my information on Ancestry.com and Find a Grave. That information will be there forever for whoever wants to garner it for their own records. I was really worried that all my research would be lost once I was gone. I feel so relieved now that I know that isn't going to happen.
Maybe I needed something like that high PSA count to give me a kick start. Fate has a strange way of working. I am very happy the way things are working out now.