What I’ve Been Up To

I promise this blog has not been abandoned! June turned out to be way busier than I thought it would be. There was lots of family time to be had, with a fair amount of travel thrown in. But through it all, I spent plenty of time working on genealogy projects.

I’m pretty sure I mentioned early on that much of the work on my own family tree has been researched by my mom over the years, so a lot of what I’ve been doing is entering the names and info into my own database and making sure there’s documentation to verify as much of the information as possible. My mom has over 20,000 people in her database, so it’s going to take me a while to get everything verified (I’m at about 700 now, but they’re not all as documented as I’d like yet). For a while I was working primarily on my direct ancestors and their immediate families, but lately I’ve been going back and filling in the descendants of those immediate family members. I’m finding that while I’m curious about learning all there is to know about my ancestors, I also want to learn about who more of my distant modern-day relatives are.

But I can’t help but poke at particular mysteries from time to time. For example, where was my third-great-grandfather Nathan S. Wood between the Civil War and when we believe he turns up in Utah in 1910? He died in California later that year and we know that is the right person based on a photo in his pension records, but his whereabouts before that are yet unknown. I do searches here and there on Ancestry.com or GenealogyBank.com (I have a one-month trial to see how useful this site is for me, and I did find a couple of interesting items about Nathan S. Wood in Congressional records from 1907), but what I really need to do is look through the research others in the extended family have already done. That sounds like a good task for today!