One of my favorite activities is researching our families GENEALOGY I have spent several years working on my paternal and maternal lineage and my husbands also.
I have found information from old family bible records found on a website with birth, marriage and death dates. I have discovered cousins and shared pictures of our great-grandfathers who were brothers.
My Father wrote a journal when he found out he was ill and gave me so much information that he had heard of just from word of mouth that I was able to research from. He named small towns and counties which really helped in my research.
It's so fun to find out you were named after a great-great grandmother or grandfather.
I have discovered one of our lineage family crests and information on how the spelling of my maiden name was changed over the years.
I have discovered I am related to Katherine Hepburn (6th cousin) and Thomas Jefferson to name a few.
Below is a picture of my husbands Great-Grandfather in the civil war. My MIL was given his civil war buttons from his uniform and she gave them to me.
He was shot in the shoulder and receieved a pension. He was awarded $8.00 per month and tried to get it increased for years because it totally disabled him but never accomplished that.