Today I (Andrea) am sneaking off to my parents’ house for a little R&R, but also because I have to pick their brains. I am becoming a genealogy geek.
Okay, I’m sure that sounds funny to you, and I guess if I think about it, it sounds funny to me, too. But it’s happening. At Christmas, we decided to send off our spit to Ancestry DNA to have it analyzed. Was it weird to spit in a tube and send it in the mail? Definitely. But for all of the conspiracy theorists out there, no, I’m not worried that someone will take my DNA and start cloning me. Dammit, the world needs more me! :)
So, the spit has been sent off, and we’re still waiting on the results. I’m sure they got tons of test kits immediately following Christmas. In the meantime, I have gotten a subscription to Ancestry.com and have slowly been researching and building my family tree.
And it. is. cool.
Working from home, you wouldn’t think that I’d want to spend another minute at the computer than I have to, but let me tell you, once you start on your ancestry, you’re not going to want to stop. I’ve found myself sifting through records at midnight because I can’t stop pushing a little further.
I’m finding birthplaces of relatives. The jobs they had. How they died. Where they lived. How many toes they had. (Seriously. Apparently a great-grandfather was missing a few. Probably a work-related accident.)
We all spend so much time thinking about what we’re going to do next for jobs, and places to live, and what we’ll do next. Jumping into the past of my family means I can see where I came from, and maybe help figure out where I should be going next so that someday, a hundred years from now, a distant relative will find me in a database and perhaps I’ll shape his or her future.
Cool stuff to think about on our #letsmakeitpersonal Thursday.
Have you done any digging into your family past? What cool things have you found out?
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.