I have been researching my family history for many years. However, in the past couple of years, I have felt that my genealogy research has gone stale and I haven’t been enjoying it as much. So I have decided to take a few steps back and restart my genealogy from the beginning with a more deliberate process and see if I can rediscover my joy in putting together the puzzle pieces of my family history.
I got started back when my grandmother (my dad’s mother) first showed me a box of photos with most of them unidentified. My family history includes the following major surnnames: Waggonner, Reynolds, Lawrence, Barnes, Berry, Carter, Huffines, Stout, Keck, Gabbard, Williams, Branscum, King, and Stansell. Many of my lines were in Tennessee before they came to Arkansas.
Several of my ancestors served in the various wars including the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and both World Wars. A few of my ancestors were widely known during their lives but most were ordinary American citizens who lived their lives the best they knew how and tried to make the world a better place for their children and their children’s children.
My Grandparents were a big influence on my life. They were not extraordinary people in the eyes of the rest of the world but they provided the backbone of my life and helped me to form many of the beliefs that have stood the test of time in my life. Without their influence (and the influence of my parents), both in good times and bad, I wouldn’t have the life I have today!
More to come soon!