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My Genealogy Journey

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I've always said that there is absolutely no way you can truly know who you are unless you know where you came from. There is no way you can appreciate your life until you know what the people who came before you went through so that you could have this life.

About a year ago I decided to go on this genealogy journey, not only because I wanted to verify the stories I'd been told all my life, but also to find out who these people were that lived and struggled so that I could live and struggle a little less. I put the project off because I was being lazy. I decided that it could wait. However, this year, I decided to stop sitting on the information that had been given to me so long ago, and actually put the scattered puzzle pieces of my life together.

Yesterday, I sat down at my computer for eight straight hours and I started my family tree. I found death records, marriage licenses, Navy records, and I started linking all of these people together. It took me eight hours to pull thirty two people and place them on a family tree, and I haven't even scratched the surface yet.
The one thing I regret in life is not being able to meet my grandfathers before they passed. It bothers me when I think about the fact that I never got to bond with those men, and this journey is giving me a chance to connect with people I've never met, and will never meet.

I'm super excited about this, and nervous about the things that I may find, especially when I take this DNA test that will answer a lot of my questions. Yes, I'm doing this for me, but I'm also doing it for my younger family members who may one day become curious about what once was. I'm doing it for the children who haven't even been born yet, but will never even meet the family members that are living today. I'm taking this journey (that is sure to be long) of the unknown so that others don't have to, and so that those who want to but can't, get their answers.

I know my name, where I was born, who my siblings are, and who my parents are, but I don't know who the people are that gave me this chance at life. I have so may questions, I can't wait to share my answers with everybody.

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