February is the month of love, and love of family has been on my mind this season.
Years later as my genealogy search began, I found out that one of my mother's grandparents and a long line of ancestors had lived and farmed in the beautiful Iowa countryside.
My husband had the same experience last summer visiting Nauvoo, Illinois. He came home and did some research and discovered his ancestors passed through this lovely riverside town.
As frustrating as some of society's ideals seem to have become in recent years, one thing seems to hold steady: the love our family and those who came before us. Understanding where you came from can bring peace, understanding, and a great love for our families. Just as we are the sturdy tree trunks of today, our ancestors root us to our values and the past. Our children and children-to-be are branches that will spread and fan out to extend for generations. It helps the idea we are a one world family make sense.
With about 20 years of genealogy research and experience behind me, I'm currently taking another course to brush up on the new available resources. This month, I'm giving away a free ancestry search to one of The Balanced Writer's followers. With any luck, we'll grow your family tree, and you'll learn more about the history of you.
One Free Ancestry Search
(One 3 hour research block.)
How to play:
1. Follow this blog.
2. Comment on this blog post and include your contact information.
3. Optional: Share!