MONDAY MANIA (ma·ni·a/ˈmānēə/): An excessive enthusiasm or desire; an obsession. Does this describe your feeling for genealogy? As most genealogists know, the hunt for ancestors can take over one’s life. And each of us can offer a different reason for becoming involved in the chase of long deceased (or not so long deceased!) family members.
It’s been 23 years since I started my journey into “digging up my roots” after my Dad’s mom visited for Christmas in 1989. Her lack of knowledge about her own mother who passed away when she was an infant was astounding to me. I am proud to say that I have had the pleasure of knowing three of my great-grandmothers and also blessed to have three grandmothers (a story for another time!). So, for me to hear that she knew very little about her maternal family, it sent my mind a-turning. Delving into one’s family history is usually not a college student’s hobby, but this mystery proved to win me over.
Of course, I did the happy dance when I received my great-grandmother Ida’s death certificate from Little Rock, but the information only prompted me to make a list of questions that included a new mystery. The location of her grave… Thanks to a few inquiries I was (un)pleasantly surprised to find that the State Hospital’s cemetery in Little Rock is now located “under” the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission building. What?! Yes, genealogy will throw you a curve ball, even in the very beginning.
Share your most recent discovery that had you doing the family history “happy dance”. I’m working on a few loose ends for my husband’s family here in New Jersey. I’ll post details soon!!