I began studying my family history in 1990. The 1920 US Census had just been made public that year, and it sparked interest among several family members to learn more. I began by trying to discover where my Dobbeck ancestors lived in Europe, and I had incredible beginner's luck when I found my great-great-grandfather's baptism record from Kokotzko, West Prussia in the IGI.
When I first registered the domain name tangledbranches.com, I planned to use it to share my family history studies. Basic research in courthouses, churches and libraries (and now the internet) is good and necessary, but only goes so far. Contact with unknown and distant relatives has brought me so much more information than I could ever have discovered on my own. And most of these contacts have been made online - first on Prodigy (anybody remember that?), then GEnie/Compuserve, and after a time, on the World Wide Web. I've been a very poor correspondent during some of that time though. Got too busy with my husband's business, garden blogging, home renovation, garden blogging, etc. Now, I want to begin to steer tangledbranches.com back toward my original intentions. But my databases are a mess from years of neglect and my software is out of date. It'll take some time to get that straightened out. In the meantime, I'd like to share some of the family history treasures that have come my way - the letters, photos, diaries and stories that are time-consuming to organize and upload via genealogical software, but much easier to manage through a blog. This is that blog and I welcome your comments and suggestions.