One Family Line Traced Back to Adam


I have not verified all the documentation on all this research but this is what I have found so far on one of our Grandma Ellen’s family lines.

I know she would be tickled to think that maybe one of her family lines is done all the way back to Adam, as I have found it on ancestry.com

Adam all mankind The First Patriarch (4004 – 3074)
Is my 133rd great grandfather (GGF)

Seth ben Adam Second Patriarch (- 2962)
Son of Adam all mankind The First Patriarch is my 132nd GGF

Enos ben Seth, Third Patriarch (3769 – 2864)
Son of Seth ben Adam Second Patriarch is my 131st GGF

Cainan – Kenan ben Enos, Fourth Patriarch (3679 – 2769)
Son of Enos ben Seth, Third Patriarch is my 130th GGF

Mahalalel ben Cainan (1903 – 1290)
Son of Cainan – Kenan ben Enos, Fourth Patriarch is my 129th GGF

Jared Ben Mahalaleel (1250 – 1422)
Son of Mahalalel ben Cainan is my 128th GGF

Enoch Ben Jared (- 3017)
Son of Jared Ben Mahalaleel is my 127th GGF

Methuselah BEN ENOCH (3339 – 2370)
Son of Enoch Ben Jared is my 126th GGF

Lamech (High Priest) Ben Methusalah (3130 – 2353)
Son of Methuselah BEN ENOCH is my 125th GGF

Noah NOAH BEN LAMECH OF ELDA (2948 – 1998)
Son of Lamech (High Priest) Ben Methusalah is my 124th GGF

Shem ben Noah (2456 – 1846)
Son of Noah NOAH BEN LAMECH OF ELDA is my 123rd GGF

Arphaxad Arphaxad Arfakhshadh ben SHEM King of Arrapachtis (2346 – 1910)
Son of Shem ben Noah is my 122nd GGF

Shelah Sale Salah King of BABYLON of Chaldea ben Arphaxad (2307 – 1989)
Son of Arphaxad Arphaxad Arfakhshadh ben SHEM King of Arrapachtis is my 121st GGF

Eber Heber ‘Aybar of CHALDEA eponym of the HEBREWS King of BABYLON ibn SHELAH (2281 – 1843)
Son of Shelah Sale Salah King of BABYLON of Chaldea ben Arphaxad is my 120st GGF

Pelag Phaleg Falikh Peleg ben Eber Heber Aybar Chaldean (2243 – 2008)
Son of Eber Heber ‘Aybar of CHALDEA eponym of the HEBREWS King of BABYLON ibn SHELAH is my 119th GGF

Reu Ragau Ra’u King of LAGASH ben Peleg Phaleg Falikh Peleg Mesopatamia the Semite (2213 – 1978)
son of Pelag Phaleg Falikh Peleg ben Eber Heber Aybar Chaldean is my 118th GGF

NAHUR Serug Sargun Sarug Saragh Saruch King of Ur & Agade ben Reu (Ragau Ra’u) (1849 – 2007)
son of Reu Ragau Ra’u King of LAGASH ben Peleg Phaleg Falikh Peleg Mesopatamia the Semite is my 117th GGF

TERAH Tarikh Tarih Agade Tr Chaldea ben Terah (2056 – 1851)
Son of NAHUR Serug Sargun Sarug Saragh Saruch King of Ur & Agade ben Reu (Ragau Ra’u) is my 116th GGF

Haran Al Kaldanieen Babylonia Tr Chaldea ben Terah (2000 – 1917)
Son of TERAH Tarikh Tarih Agade Tr Chaldea ben Terah is my 115th

Lot Ibn Haran (1175 – )
Son of Haran Al Kaldanieen Babylonia Tr Chaldea ben Terah is my 114th GGF

Moab ben Lot
Son of Lot Ibn Haran is my 113th GGF

Eglon Moab (1180 – )
Son of Moab** ben Lot is my 112th GGF

Ruth Moab (1130 – 1050)
Daughter of Eglon Moab is my 111th Great Grandmother (GGM)

Obed Ben Boaz (1212 – 1070)
Son of Ruth Moab is my 110th GGF

Jesse Obed (1097 – 1001)
Son of Obed Ben Boaz is my 109th GGF

King David Israel (1063 – 1015)
Son of Jesse Obed is my 108th GGF

Tamar De Kadesh (1753 – 1500)
Daughter of King David Israel & Bathsheba, is my 107th GGM (Tamar De Kadesh is the wife of Judah Ben Israel, who is the son of Jacob Ibn Isaac father of the 12 tribes of Israel)

Pharez Ben Judah (1752 – 1638)
Son of Tamar De Kadesh is my 106th GGF

Dardanus Darda King of Dardania TROY (1470 – 1414)
Son of Pharez Ben Judah is my 105th GGF

Erichthonius of Troy and Acadia (1420 – 1368)
Son of Dardanus Darda King of Dardania TROY is my 104th GGF

Tros Troy (1375 – 1328)
Son of Erichthonius of Troy and Acadia is my 103th GGF

Assaracus “The Dardanian” Prince of Troy (1340 – 1279)
Son of Tros Troy is my 102th GGF

Capys of Dardania, Prince of Troy (1310 – )
Son of Assaracus “The Dardanian” Prince of Troy is my is my 101st GGF

Anchises Prince of Dardanum Troy (1275 – 1180)
Son of Capys of Dardania, Prince of Troy is my 100th GGF

Aeneas,”the Dardanian,” King of Latium (1220 – 1175)
Son of Anchises Prince of Dardanum Troy is my 99th GGF

Ascanius King of Alba Longa, King if Latium (1190 – 1137)
Son of Aeneas,”the Dardanian,” King of Latium is my 98th GGF

Prince Sylvius (Selyshen) of Alba Longa Ap Perdur
Son of Ascanius King of Alba Longa, King if Latium is my 97th GGF

“Kamber”, “Cymryw”, “ap Brutus”, “ap Brwt”, “Camber”, “The Legendary King” Ap Perdur (730 – )
Son of Prince Sylvius (Selyshen) of Alba Longa Ap Perdur is my 96th GGF

Ithon ap Cymryw, King In Briton “ap Camber” Ap Perdur (1050 – )
Son of “Kamber”, “Cymryw”, “ap Brutus”, “ap Brwt”, “Camber”, “The Legendary King” Ap Perdur is my 95th GGF

Gwyrydd ApIthon Ap Perdur
Son of Ithon ap Cymryw, King In Briton “ap Camber” Ap Perdur is my 94th GGF

Gwyrydd Ap Perdur (1010 – )
Son of Gwyrydd ApIthon Ap Perdur is my 93rd GGF

Llyfeinydd Ap Perdur (1000 – )
Son of Gwyrydd Ap Perdur is my 92nd GGF

Teuged Ap Llyfeinydd (920 – )
Son of Llyfeinydd Ap Perdur is my 91st GGF

Llarian Ap Teuged (900 – )
Son of Teuged Ap Llyfeinydd is my 90th GGF

Ithel Ap Llarian (860 – )
Son of Llarian Ap Teuged is my 89th GGF

Enir Fardd (825 – )
Son of Ithel Ap Llarian is my 88th GGF

Calchynydd ap Enir Fardd (785 – 556)
Son of Enir Fardd is my 87th GGF

Llywarch Ap Calchynydd (720 – 720)
Son of Calchynydd ap Enir Fardd is my 86th GGF

Idwal Ap Llywarch (670 – )
Son of Llywarch Ap Calchynydd is my 85th GGF

Rhun Ap Idwal (720 – 613)
Son of Idwal Ap Llywarch is my 84th GGF

Bleddyn ap Rhun Siluria (640 – 550)
Son of Rhun Ap Idwal is my 83rd GGF

Morgan ap Bleddyn Siluria (620 – 520)
Son of Bleddyn ap Rhun Siluria is my 82nd GGF

King Berwyn ap Morgan King of Siluria (600 – 550)
Son of Morgan ap Bleddyn Siluria is my 81st GGF

Morgar Bheddyn OF Siluria (550 – 500)
Son of King Berwyn ap Morgan King of Siluria is my 80th GGF

Geraint ap Fidak Siluria
Son of Morgar Bheddyn OF Siluria is my 79th GGF

Brywalis ap Gereint ap Fidak Siluria (500 – 450)
Son of Geraint ap Fidak Siluria is my 78th GGF

Alyfon Ap Brywalis Siluria (- 401)
Son of Brywalis ap Gereint ap Fidak Siluria is my 77th

Annyn ap Alyfon, King of Siluria (415 – 280)
Son of Alyfon Ap Brywalis Siluria is my 76th

Dingad ap Annyn, King of Siluria (375 – 280)
Son of Annyn ap Alyfon, King of Siluria is my 75th GGF

King Greidiol Ap Dingad Siluria (340 – 258)
Son of Dingad ap Annyn, King of Siluria is my 74th GGF

Ceraint ap Greidiol Siluria (305 – )
Son of King Greidiol Ap Dingad Siluria is my 73rd GGF

Merion Ap Ceraint Siluria (274 – )
Son of Ceraint ap Greidiol Siluria is my 72nd GGF

Arthen Ap Merion Siluria (230 – )
Son of Merion Ap Ceraint Siluria is my 71st GGF

Ceidio Ap Arthen Siluria (185 – )
Son of Arthen Ap Merion Siluria is my 70th GGF

Serfyn Ap Ceidio Siluria (155 – )
Son of Ceidio Ap Arthen Siluria is my 69th GGF

King Ceri Ap Serfyn of Siluria (125 – 64)
Son of Serfyn Ap Ceidio Siluria is my 68th GGF

Beran Britain ap Ceri Siluria (90 – 1948)
son of King Ceri Ap Serfyn of Siluria is my 67th GGF

Anna Princes of Cornwall (88 – )
Daughter of Beran Britain ap Ceri Siluria is my 66th GGM

Cenobelinus ap Tasciovanus ( – 60)
Son of Anna Princes of Cornwall is my 65th GGF

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Arfyrag Arviragus “The Black Bull” Ap Cymbeline ( – 74)
Son of Cenobelinus ap Tasciovanus is my 64th GGF

Y Veurig Ap Arfyrag Siluria (50 – 125)
Son of Arfyrag Arviragus “The Black Bull” Ap Cymbeline is my 63rd GGF

Coel I Or Coilus Or Cogidubnus Hen Godebog (80 – 170)
Son of Y Veurig Ap Arfyrag Siluria is my 62nd GGF

Lleiffer Lucious Mawr Colchester (137 – 201)
Son of Coel I Or Coilus Or Cogidubnus Hen Godebog is my 61st GGF

Cadwalladr ap Lewfer Mawr (179 – 219)
Son of Lleiffer Lucious Mawr Colchester is my 60th GGF

Frea
Daughter of Cadwalladr ap Lewfer Mawr is my 59th GGM

Yngvi In Turkey (193 – 214)
Son of Frea is my 58th GGF

Njord King of Swedes (214 – 253)
Son of Yngvi In Turkey is my 57th GGF

Yngvi Frey King of SWEDES (235 – 326)
Son of Njord King of Swedes is my 56th GGF

Fjolnir Yngvi Freysson (256 – 281)
Son of Yngvi Frey King of SWEDES is my 55th GGF

Svegdi Fjolnarsson (277 – 370)
Son of Fjolnir Yngvi Freysson is my 54th GGF

Vanlandi Svegdasson (298 – 389)
Son of Svegdi Fjolnarsson is my 53rd GGF

Visbur Vanlandasson (319 – 381)
Son of Vanlandi Svegdasson is my 52nd GGF

DOMALDI Visbursson (340 – 431)
Son of Visbur Vanlandasson is my 51st GGF

Domar Domaldasson (361 – 452)
Son of DOMALDI Visbursson is my 50th GGF

Dyggvi Domarsson (382 – 473)
Son of Domar Domaldasson is my 49th GGF

Dag Dyggvasson
Son of Dyggvi Domarsson is my 48th GGF

Agni Dagsson (424 – 459)
Son of Dag Dyggvasson is my 47th GGF

Alrek Agnasson (445 – 536)
Son of Agni Dagsson is my 46th GGF

Yngvi Alreksson (466 – 499)
Son of Alrek Agnasson is my 45th GGF

Jorund Yngvasson (487 – 509)
Son of Yngvi Alreksson is my 44th GGF

Aun Jorundsson (509 – 544)
Son of Jorund Yngvasson is my 43rd GGF

Egil Aunsson (530 – 555)
Son of Aun Jorundsson is my 42nd GGF

Ottar EGILSSON (551 – 576)
Son of Egil Aunsson is my 41st GGF

Adils Ottarsson (572 – 594)
Son of Ottar EGILSSON is my 40th GGF

Eystein Adilsson (594 – 620)
Son of Adils Ottarsson is my 39th GGF

Ingvar Eysteinsson (616 – 642)
Son of Eystein Adilsson is my 38th GGF

BRAUT Onund Ingvarsson (638 – 660)
Son of Ingvar Eysteinsson is my 37th GGF

Ingjalder Wicked Uppsala Onundsson (660 – 723)
Son of BRAUT Onund Ingvarsson is my 36th GGF

Olarf Treehewer Vestfold Ingjaldersson (682 – 710)
Son of Ingjalder Wicked Uppsala Onundsson is my 35th GGF

King Halfdan White Leg the Olarfsson (704 – 750) ( this one makes me laugh, it cleared up where I got my ultra-pale white legs lol)
Son of Olarf Treehewer Vestfold Ingjaldersson is my 34th GGF

Gudrod “Jagtkonge” King of Vestfold Halfdannsson (770 – 821)
Son of King Halfdan White Leg the Olarfsson is my 33rd GGF

Halfdan “the Black” Gudrodsson King of Norway (823 – 863)
Son of Gudrod “Jagtkonge” King of Vestfold Halfdannsson is my 32nd GGF

HARALD I “The Fair Hair” Halfdansson (850 – 933)
Son of Halfdan “the Black” Gudrodsson King of Norwayis my 31st GGF

Sigurd Rise Norway Haraldsson (870 – 1012)
Son of HARALD I “The Fair Hair” Halfdansson is my 30th GGF

Halfdan Hadafylke Sigurdsson (944 – 1018)
Son of Sigurd Rise Norway Haraldsson is my 29th GGF

Jarl Sigurd “Syr” Halfdansson (985 – 1017)
Son of Halfdan Hadafylke Sigurdsson is my 28th GGF

King Harald III of Norway Sigurdsson (1015 – 1066)
Son of Jarl Sigurd “Syr” Halfdansson is my 27th GGF

Asta Haraldsdottir (1050 – 1093)
Daughter of King Harald III of Norway Sigurdsson is my 26th GGM

Gillbride Of Argyll (1080 – 1164)
Son of Asta Haraldsdottir is my 25th GGF

Somerled MacGillebride (1113 – 1164)
Son of Gillbride Of Argyll is my 24th GGF

Lord Reginald Somerledsson (1148 – 1207)
Son of Somerled MacGillebride is my 23rd GGF

Donald I Ragnaldsson (1200 – 1247)
Son of Lord Reginald Somerledsson is my 22nd GGF

Angus Mor MacDonald (1249 – 1296)
Son of Donald I Ragnaldsson is my 21st GGF

Angus Og Macdonald (1274 – 1330)
Son of Angus Mor MacDonald is my 20th GGF

John of Islay, or John MacDonald (1326 – 1386)
Son of Angus Og Macdonald is my 19th GGF

Marjorie McDonald (1344 – 1379)
Daughter of John of Islay, or John MacDonald is my 18th GGM

Sarah Finley (1363 – 1410)
Daughter of Marjorie McDonald is my 17th GGM

Thomas Collins (1410 – )
Son of Sarah Finley is my 16th GGF

John M Collins (1435 – 1535)
Son of Thomas Collins is my 15th GGF

Thomas Collins (1460 – 1560)
Son of John M Collins is my 14th GGF

John Collins (1485 – 1537)
Son of Thomas Collins is my 13th GGF

John Collins (1524 – 1594)
Son of John Collins is my 12th GGF

John Collins Collins (1540 – 1594)
Son of John Collins is my 11th GGF

Deacon Edward Collins (1600 – 1689)
Son of John Collins Collins is my 10th GGF

Nathaniel (Rev) Collins (1643 – 1684)
Son of Deacon Edward Collins is my 9th GGF

Anna Catharina Collins (1673 – 1741)
Daughter of Nathaniel (Rev) Collins is my 8th GGM

Ann Webster (1688 – )
Daughter of Anna Catharina Collins is my 7th GGM

THOMAS Marsh (1718 – )
Son of Ann Webster is my 6th GGF

Reuben Marsh (1747 – )
Son of THOMAS Marsh is my 5th GGF

Reuben Marsh (1773 – 1850)
Son of Reuben Marsh is my 4th GGF

Johnathan Marsh (1806 – 1873)
Son of Reuben Marsh is my 3rd GGF

Jonathan Marsh (1834 – 1879)
Son of Johnathan Marsh is my 2nd GGF

Alice Marsh (1865 – 1948)
Daughter of Jonathan Marsh is my Ist GGM

Ellen Barrett (1905 – 1999)
Daughter of Alice Marsh is my Grandmother

Donald Barrett Danner</strong
Son of Ellen Barrett is my Father

Karen Danner Loveless
Is ME and I am the daughter of Donald Barrett Danner

* I would like to acknowledge and thank my brother Fredrick K Danner, who is responsible for the findings of most of this research. When he passed away in 2010, my three sister and me went to England where he had lived the last 25 years of his life to gather his items. It was during this trip we found and brought back all Fred’s genealogy research. It was his research that I typed into my ancestry.com family tree, and its was the start that gave me the clues to build on. I love and miss my brother Fred, but he still has found away to help with our family research from Heaven where I am sure he is looking down and helping us still here.

* Please any geologist out there willing to advice me on how I can go about verifying this data to make sure it is accurate. any help would be appreciated.

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Depression is a Medical Illness not a Lifestyle Choice


I want to thank my daughter Kristine for turning me on to my new found hobby of “blogging”. I have read so many well written and insightful blogs that have moved me. I just read a bloggers article on “Depression and Springtime”. Depression is one of those subjects that publicly are not talked about much or very well understood. I just want to share what I was moved to reply to this wonderful bloggers after I read their blog:
“Thanks for your insightful blog. For those who do not struggle with this problem it’s hard for them to understand why those of us who do, cannot look around smell the roses, and see the happiness that is all around us, and just be happy for the little blessings in our lives. Reading your blog made it clearer to me that we can change how we present our self to others and we can appear to them to be OK and happy, but to those of us who share this “unwanted”, yet so real heavy burden of depression right to the marrow of our bones it’s not something we can will gone.”
In my case, after reading this blog I have come to except that I can know my life is very blessed and yet I can still fight with depression, and that does not make me a bad or selfish person, just one who battles with Depression and still I knows God loves and blesses my life. I am grateful for those like this Blogger who battle their own personal demons, and yet willing to put themselves out there to share and help others feel less of a freak and have some hope and insight to use to battle our own personal demons.
I look forward to the day when “Depression” is an excepted and recognized medical illness to the majority in the public, like Cancer and AIDS, that some deal with in our lives, and not an embarrassing condition that is thought to be just a choice that if a person wanted to can “Will” ourselves out of. We cannot begin to medically fix a problem, until we can admit that it is a problem.

Please allow me to Introduce Myself …


I do love this man. Have enjoyed the last 15 years he has been part of my life.

I do love this man. Have enjoyed the last 15 years he has been part of my life.

I have been blessed to live in many different part of the world: Japan, England, Italy, and in the USA, born in California, lived in Virginia, Maryland, Texas and now retired in Utah.

I come from a big family, two extraordinary parents, Donald Barrett & Della Rae Smith Danner, with two brothers, three sisters. My first marriage was 18 years and from it I have five adorable wonderful children, two daughters, three sons, that I love beyond anything I thought was possible. I have been in my current marriage to Danny, that I love and adore for 14 years,. With my husband Danny I have been blessed to add five adult step children into our blended family: three-step daughters and two-step sons. I have come to love them as if they were my own children. Yes, you did that math right, that is 10 children in Danny and My family! At the current time we have 16 wonderful grandchildren, with # 17 due in Aug and #18 due in Oct.
My life has always been about family. They are my passion, my hobby, my everything. Pretty much everything I have come to enjoy doing can be tracked back to learning to do it with someone in my family. Things we do to enjoy our lives are: Swimming, Boating, Out Door Adventures, Travel, Scrap booking, Photography, Geology,Reading, Dinning Out, Movies, History, Dancing, Crocheting, Spots of many kinds, some being Boat Racing, Football, Running, NHRA, Basketball, and Gymnastic. I enjoy making holidays and other special days like birthdays as memorable as possible. My favorite thing in all of life is spending any time I can with family or bragging about my family to anyone who with listen to me about them 😉

This is the most recent photo taken in January 2014 of Danny and my 10 children, their spouses and our grandchildren, plus my one sister who was there too :)

This is the most recent photo taken in January 2014 of Danny and my 10 children, their spouses and our grandchildren, plus my one sister who was there too 🙂

Oh yeah to be totally honest there are some in the family that I photo-shopped into the above photo, because I love to play around with photos, and I really wanted a current family photo and to be honest with everyone busy life getting all of our 10 children, their spouses, and all 16 of the grandchildren together has proved to be a rare event. So I make my own virtual family get together via my photo shopping 😉

Where to Start?


The Baby is my Grandma Ellen Barrett Danner and her mother my Great Grandma Alice Marsh Barrett. Photo taken around 1905

The Baby is my Grandma Ellen Barrett Danner and her mother my Great Grandma Alice Marsh Barrett. Photo taken around 1905

Even as a young child, I wanted to know more about my family history; who they were, how they lived. I would enjoy listening to my parents, aunts, uncles; grandparents talk about anything to do with our family history. My paternal grandmother Ellen Barrett Danner spent her adult life searching for any clues she could on her family history. For my 14th birthday I asked for my own “Book of Remembrance”; so I could start to compile my family history as my grandma Ellen had. This was before the internet was used by us common folk so I had to learn how the “Old Timers” started their family research the old fashion way with paper and pen  in hand I started to work on my family history.  I took a family history class with my parents in the mid 1970’s, yes I am dating myself. I am old, just not as old as my one daughter thought when she was young she asked if I had lived on the earth when Christ was alive ;).  When we took our family vacations I remember going with my older brother Fred, around to the cemeteries and would write down all the names of those who we thought we might be related to. Then we went back to our grandma to tell us everything she knows about the names we had found. When my adult life came with its many responsibilities, somehow my Book of Remembrance got tucked away as I raised my own children, and the years turned into many decades before I got my book back out to work on.

1 Grandma Danner Newspaper photo

Now, as a more seasoned lady with grandchildren I find I want to rekindle me passion for exploring my family history, finding out who my ancestors were, and not just their names and dates. The Internet has made genealogy research faster and easier by providing many historical resources online, allowing many of us to quickly and easily find information about our ancestors.  But, what advice could I find to where I need to start back up and enjoy the increasingly popular hobby of genealogy. I am finding that no matter how long I am at this research, I am always learning new ideas of discovery from others who also enjoy this same hobby of family research. I am always open to any help, advice or tips from anyone willing to send some my way.

Here is a few of the tips I have learned along the way:

  • Before you begin your family history research, it is a good idea to focus on what you want to achieve. Do you wish to pursue the paternal (male) line with its continuity of surname, or the maternal (female) line, or perhaps even verify a family legend? You may find that the decision is made for you, if the research proves difficult. If, however, you decide to pursue more than one line, be sure to keep your research organized and file the results separately to avoid confusion.

 

  • The golden rule in family history research is to try to work backwards from what you already know. As such, family history truly does begin at home and you may be surprised at how much you already know or have access to within your own extended family. It is not necessary to have a lot of detail to start, but it makes sense to log whatever information is readily available and to seek out further details from relatives. Begin by recording your own details – date and place of birth, marriage, spouse, children – then the details of your parents, grandparents and so on as you recall them.

 

  • Information from relatives can increase your knowledge of the family, but a patient and tactful approach is required. Family anecdotes can become distorted with the passage of time, but should still be noted for later verification. Be sure to interview your relatives, especially the older ones, as they may have information about your ancestors that you won’t find in any database. Write everything down for future reference. Getting in touch with your relatives may often prove to be a rewarding and enriching experience.

 

  • How successful you are in researching your family history is determined by a number of factors, many of which are beyond your control. Your success can depend on the survival of records, how common your surname is; your family’s social status and level of literacy, and the possibility of transcription errors. However, success can also depend on your own tenacity, keeping an open mind and not taking anything for granted, being methodical, approaching a problem from more than one angle and corroborating any evidence you may find. In spite of the occasional “brick wall”, you may find that the genealogy hunt itself is almost as exciting as the thrill of discovery. One thing I have started doing is once I find the dates and place of a family member, I go look up that area’s history during that time period, so I can get a better understanding what the living environment of my family was living.

 

  • Most families possess old documents or photographs, which can be of use to the family historian. Examples of documents you might find, which can significantly aid your research, are: Birth, marriage and death certificates, obituaries, family bible, school certificates, university/school graduation certificates and awards, military service records, business papers, immigration papers, travel documents, diaries, address books, birthday books, letters, postcards, newspaper cuttings and memoirs.

 

  • Go through old family photographs and see how many people you recognize. Show the photos to older relatives to help jog their memory. Try to ask them to identify as many faces as possible, so that this information is preserved. Any information that can be gathered from within the family can help establish a foundation on which to build your family history.

 

  • Libraries and bookshops stock a range of material on family history. You may want to consider joining a family history society in your area. For a small annual fee you will receive all the benefits of membership (magazine, research facilities, well-stocked libraries, research services, ready advice) and meet like-minded individuals. Consider also joining a society in the area in which you are conducting research. You can also turn to the Internet for an active genealogy community. You can find forums in which to post questions, read answers, hear about others’ successes and failures, and find additional resources.

 

  • The family tree is the nucleus of any family history research and putting it together is often an exciting journey that can play out like a detective story. Maintaining the family tree information that you accumulate on paper notes may quickly get out of hand, so use genealogy software to help you keep track of the various individuals in your family tree and the relationships between them. Family Tree Builder is a good choice for this. It’s free, supports multiple languages, offers a very easy interface to enter and review data, and allows you to organize your entire photo collection according to the relatives pictured.

 

  • The Internet offers a wealth of genealogy data, but this information is scattered and difficult to find. To save time, use the dedicated genealogy search engines like, familysearch.com, ancestry.com, or one of the other ones that are now available online. I use several and this helps me find information on one that might not be on the other.

 

  • Once you have put together your family tree, collected some interesting old photos of your family and gathered family legends, stories and anecdotes, don’t keep this treasure to yourself! I invested in a wonderful scanner and have made use of scanning many family treasures to share online with others. They will be able to contribute more to your research and perhaps help you fill in missing information. Distant relatives can also find you this way so that long-lost cousins can reunite as a result of your efforts.  I have even used my Facebook to create several family pages and share some of my family tree and family history gems, including photos, documents, stories and more. I than invited all my relatives to become members in my different sites and open some areas in my site for access to guests from the Internet. This is just a start, but it’s a means for me to share what I have, and hopefully others with start to share their family finds. What’s nice about this is even if they might not be interested at this time, it will always be there for them to go look and learn from when it’s convenient in their own lives. It a place to share and learn from others about your family history.

Danner Coat of Arms

 

  1. So what is some advice, or tips you have on how to start doing family research?
  2. My personal block is 1400’s Switzerland family with surname Tanner who change it to Danner around the 1600.  My 12th Paternal Great Grandfather is Sebastian Tanner, the only data I have on him is: Birth 1489 in Bern, Switzerland, Death in Switzerland; Wife was Barbara Zwyer. Their son, Johann Jakob Tanner is my 11th great-grandfather, his data is Birth 19 Jul 1510 in Lichtenberg, Bas-Rhin, France; Death 22 Mar 1570. Anyone have advice of any leads I could look to find information of my 1400 Swiss Family history?

 

Life is Meant to Enjoy


My “Pimp Daddy”  with me his fifties “Pink Lady” ready to enjoy some fun with some of our children and grandchildren!

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My life’s greatest joy have always been about my Family! I enjoy researching to learn about the family members who came before. It’s though the lives they lived and followed that I am blessed to enjoy the life I been able to have. I try to capture any and every little detail of our family times to be able to created our Family Book. I look with great hope to the future though the eyes and enjoyment of my grandchildren.  FAMILY ~  PAST ~ PRESENT ~ FUTURE …its a life journey that  has  brought me much happiness. I cherish the ties that bound us together. I am proud of my family and all they stand for in their individual lives. It’s an unconditional love that I learned from my mother, and hope to pass on to my children and grandchildren.