My children have an assignment for school — to build a family tree! As they both have the same assignment, we have two trees to do. So we decided to build one for my side of the family and one for my husbands. This has turned into quite the obsession for me. I am back on Ancestry websites with a fierce focus and determination to build a picture of our family for the kids to share and to truly understand. It’s been fun! Digging into old databases and family photos I like to picture the story of their lives. My Mothers side of the family is very small now given that most of the people I grew up with have died. That makes my focus even stronger so I can document this history before it fades away.
I’ve been all over ancestry.com, but if anyone has any leads on finding out about Black families in Florida (& Seminole families too) and Maryland in the 1800s and early 1900s please let me know! There are portions of my family that are a mystery and I am still trying to figure out how to solve them.
Have you documented your own family history- it’s fun, interesting and a great activity to do with the kids! After the last push we made as a family to cut, glue and decorate, my little ones were super happy with there trees! They were even sad to take them to school because they wanted to keep them to talk about at home. My ‘babies’ love photos and talking about our past, hopefully yours do too!