Lately I have been kinda unimpressed with my family tree progress. Mostly, I am frustrated that I am unable to find any stories to attach to anyone. It seems like my entire family has lived in super small towns for…. forever. I can’t find any news archives that have a newspaper that would have printed anything about the areas my family has lived. I haven’t even found an actual obit. for anyone and I am out of places to look. I am so desperate that I am considering a trip to Phenix City, AL (the closest hometown of my family) one weekend. My grandma is the only person left there that could help me find info and I would feel bad making her drive around town by herself not knowing what she is doing.
However, I have enlisted a few of my more nearby relatives to help me do research. Yesterday, my uncle (Mom’s brother) located my great grandfather’s birth certificate, which is huge for me because I couldn’t find anything about his parents. He also sent me the documents my great aunt filled out to become members of the Daughter of the American Revolution! I had no idea we were members until yesterday. I am guessing this might make things interesting, now knowing that mother’s side has been here so long. My grandmother (Mom’s mom) also gave me a box of photos! I scanned, cropped, and put them in for what seemed like a couple hours yesterday. There would only a few I felt were good for profile pictures, a good majority I could not identify the people of the photo. But I really enjoyed finally putting faces to names!