anyone done their genealogy?

  1. I've been working on my dad's side of the family and found some fascinating things. Wondered if anyone else has done their genealogy and what you've found.
    Hope to find a few out there that have been doing detective work too.
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  3. by   l.rae
    l've been casually snnoing around a site of course they want money if you get into the good stuff. l was able to trace my maternal grandfather back to Germany...didn't have as good luck with my paternal grandfather....l am tempted to pay, they have civil war records too,..found an offer in the e-mail he other day for 14 days free in the service but l haven't looked into it yet....RN, where have you been finding info?.......LRb
  4. by   deespoohbear
    My 12 year old did a genealogy project for 4H this past summer. He just had to go back 2 generations and himself. We had most of the information at hand here at the house, but did make a trip to the county clerk's office for a copy of the death certificate for his maternal grandmother. I think Chris learned some stuff, and I found out a few things about my parents that I didn't know. Next year if he does this project, he has to go back to his great-grandparents. (One of who is still living....)

    One of the best sites I have seen on the net is : It has all kinds of information it is almost overwhelming. A couple more sites I have found useful are: and Have fun!!!

  5. by   rncountry
    rae, I started back where I knew my dad's father was from. I put in the name of the town and state in the search engine and popped up a website from a guy who grew up in this little tiny town in Missouri. So I wrote him. He checked the names I had with his father who happened to have gone to school with my grandfather and his brother and knew where they were buried. This kind gentleman went to the Cemetery and took pictures of the headstones and mailed them to me. For the first time I had the name of my great grandfather. Then I started looking for various records through the county courthouse, and the county historical society. They sent me more information. I also found someone who did census lookups for that county, that helped quite a bit in tracing where the family had been prior to Missouri. I took what I had then and put in various names into and popped up more Crabtree's than I would have ever thought could possibly exist. There has been quite a bit of genealogy done by prior generations, I was totally unprepared to find such a wealth of information. I also found information at the Latter Day Saints site. Through all the other contacts that you can find on these sites I was able to find a vast sea of information from various cousins however many times removed. I was very fortunate to find as much information as I did simply because of others efforts.
    I also went by oral history I had from my dad. I wasn't much but it did help me find some further information that I may not have otherwise.
    I trace my roots back to William Crabtree who came here in 1703. By the third generation most of the family was in the Cumberland Gap area. I found William Crabtree III who was a longhunter who established a shorter route to Boonesbourough than the one originally made by Daniel Boone. Issac Crabtree, Williams brother, who was the only white to survive the Indian Massacre that killed Daniel Boone's oldest boy. Another brother Jacob Crabtree, who fought at the seige of Boonesbourough. Abraham and Job also were brothers, and all of them fought in the Revolutionary war. Issac had a price on his head from the Gov. of Virginia for awhile because he went on a rampage against the indians on the frontier after surviving the massacre and between him and a couple other hotheads nearly ignited a full scale indian war. An uncle of theirs, James Crabtree, was given his Capt. in the Revolutionary War by Thomas Jefferson when he was Gov. of Virginia.
    I found many, many Crabtree's in the Civil War. Both sides. John Crabtree stabbed to death by Champ Ferguson, one of the very few who were hanged after the Civil War by the Federal Government, because John fought for the North. This was in the border areas of W.VA, Kentucky and TN. Joseph Crabtree who rode with Quantrill's raiders, the guerilla fighter in Missouri who set the Kansas/Missouri border on fire during the Civil War, and whose group included Frank and Jesse James. On the Northern Side I found Samuel and Madison Crabtree, cousins who fought some of the nastiest battles in the Civil War. Madison Crabtree named after Pres. Madison who gave his family the land they had in Ohio, just north of Kentucky.
    I found that my dad's uncle fought in WWII as a tail gunner based out of England. I found a pack of Baptist Ministers. I found scroundels and drunks too.
    Part of the family kept going West to Oregon and California. One of the women had twins on the way to Oregon while on a raft going down river. I found Crabtree's that married into the Hatfields. I found Thomas Crabtree's and the coal mine he owned that was active for nearly a hundred years. Crabtree Falls in VA about 18 miles from Dulles airport, named so because the land used to belong to William Crabtree. There is Crabtree Oregon, and Crabtree PA.
    It has been an utterly fascinating journey for me to do this. As a history buff it has been thrilling to find my family so wrapped up in the history of this country. I wish more often then not that I had started this journey before my dad died because he would have so enjoyed this.
    For anyone thinking about doing genealogy I would say do it! It gives a better sense of who I am and why. The only money that I have put out is for records from the states that require a fee for copies of vital records. Much of what you need is public record. If you know where people where then you can write the state for the information, and if you have just a inkling there are people out there that will do census lookups for you for free, you just have to look for them. The BB on the genealogy sites are very helpful also. I found rootsweb to be most helpful to me and most of the information is at no cost.
    Now who else has neat stuff about their family background? It's so fun to look behind you and see what your family was, and what they were working towards.
    Oh, one last thing. I know for myself what was quite helpful is that my family stuck to smaller rural towns and people there are usually most helpful. The liberey is also a great place to find information.
  6. by   karenG
    my father in law has done the family tree back to the 1500's! all farmers and all living in the same area in the Brecon Beacons in wales! some of the names are good- one man was called goodkind! guess this means I will have to my family one day!!

  7. by   GPatty
    My uncle did ours.
    On my paternal grandpa's side (Sprankel)~ he went back to 1686 or somewhere in that vicinity. We hail from Germany.
    On my paternal grandma's side, (Sprowl)~ he got to 1800's, I think.
    Pretty cool.

  8. by   prmenrs
    My cousin actually does this for some SERIOUS $$$!! She's traced my paternal grandmother's family quite far back to an area in Belgium. My grandmother was not the world's greatest historian, but my cousin has lots of documented stuff--she goes to NYC and looks up all the birth and death certificates, goes to graveyards and takes pictures of tombstones, etc.

    My paternal grandfather "climbed the family tree for awhile". He was avid about it, a lot of public libraries have a "geneology" section, and he hung out there. He came from New England, so in a trip back east once, he went to the town clerk's office, and looked at their records. Turned out his father had BEEN the town clerk, and he was actually reading his dad's handwriting!

    It's a fascinating business, that's for sure. BUT...the most I ever learned about my family was when a teacher assigned us to interview someone in our family who had lived through the depression. The only COHERENT relative I had who qualified was my maternal grandmother, and I taped a conversation w/her that was amazing.

    IMHO, THAT'S the project for kids to do--an oral history. Pick a significant event: WWII, the Depression, Kennedy's assasination, and go from there. Where were they living, with whom, what were they doing, etc. Try to get names of relatives the older folks know, but you don't, and ?possibly thumbnail sketches of those people. Tape it, either audio or visual so that it can be shared. Once those folks pass on, so do those memories, and that's very sad.
  9. by   nakitamoon
    my sister did our families,,, traced them all the way back to my great great great grandparents,,, both sides,,,, so interesting,,,,
    i tried to do some research only got frustrated,,, don't know how,,, she did it,,,, i know she used some of the sites,,,, listed above,,,,
    found out we are our fathers,,,, third cousin,,,, twice removed,,, lol,,,, you would have to look at tree,,,,,, omg,,,, explains the problems in our family,,,,,, lol,,,,,
    two generations prior my grandfather's family was an eberhart,,, then through marriages,,, became,,,, wilson,,,, my grandmother,,, two generations prior was wilson who through marriages became an eberhart,,,, hmmmmmmmm
    think everyone should get there genology down,,, before it gets lost in time,,,,,,,,

    happy holidays,,,,,, ~kitamoon
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by karenG
    my father in law has done the family tree back to the 1500's! all farmers and all living in the same area in the Brecon Beacons in wales! some of the names are good- one man was called goodkind! guess this means I will have to my family one day!!

    One of the high school girls who does this for 4H has her family traced back to like the 1300's. Her great-grandmother told me one of these days the kid will have the family traced back to Noah.....
  11. by   LasVegasRN
    Our family traced ours all the way back to Noah - Noah, the first slave that survived the trip from a slave ship from Africa. We weren't able to go further than that to find out what part of Africa Noah came from - that part was lost, it's extremely difficult to find intact lists from the slave ships at that time. Unfortunately we were just listed as "cargo".

    Ours wasn't a pleasant journey - lots of members sold to other plantations where there names were changed and there are NO records of the indians in our ancestry.

    Lot's of heartache as the ancestors were in Mississippi and Arkansas. One person lynched, another had a thumb cut off.

    Although a dark history, the family survived. My mother's generation was the first to go to college. Everyone put their money together to send the children to college that could go and showed educational promise.

    The history has been put together in a binder with pictures and was passed out at the last major family reunion.
  12. by   eltrip
    Isn't that the bottom line? We're all related to Noah!
  13. by   Mattigan
    Originally posted by LasVegasRN

    The history has been put together in a binder with pictures and was passed out at the last major family reunion.
    That is so cool! In my family , no one could care less- except me and an aunt (on father's side the German-Dutch people). Ours is pretty sketchy in places and no details just names and places.

    I was raised with the mom's side (Scots) and and can still hear my GGF say "no matter where you go or what you do you are a McLean and have a responsibility to the name. We held the center" He never told me the center of what?? Wish I'd payed more attention.
  14. by   LasVegasRN
    Originally posted by Mattigan
    That is so cool! In my family , no one could care less- except me and an aunt...
    Long ago when I was married, I tried to do a genealogy on HIS side of the family. Guess I struck a nerve or rattled a closet full of some big ass bones because my then MIL told me to keep out of THEIR family business and to stop tracing, "I TOLD YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND LEAVE IT AT THAT!! IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!".

    I will never forget that. Now, I could not give a rats gonads about that side. Freaks.