My name is Daniel, and I’m the author of this little corner which is consecrated to my experiences researching my family history.
I first became fascinated by genealogy over 15 years ago, when as a young boy someone showed me a family tree researched by a distant family member. I instantly became fascinated by the fact that I unconsciously belonged to this huge puzzle.
My insatiable appetite for knowing more and filling in the gaps led me to where I am today: contributing to a family history magazine, keeping this blog and popping about once a week to my local archive to do more research.
So far, my research has taken me and my parents to several countries and to two different continents. Of course, a great deal of this research would not have been possible without the tremendous help offered by the Internet and websites like Ancestry, FamilySearch and RootsChat, but nothing beats sitting in an archive reading -and sometimes deciphering- old documents and manuscripts which have remained unopened for decades if not centuries.
Genealogy is not a question of “how far can you go”, but of knowing who you are and who were those who made you the way you are. In my opinion, tracing your lineage back several centuries is relatively pointless if you don’t investigate the links in between. It is discovering these wonderful little details which makes the wait worthwhile.
So far I have successfully traced my ancestry back to the 15th century through a couple of lines and I have found ancestors all the way from Genoa to New York and from Santiago de Compostela to Shropshire. Sadly, other parts of my ancestry are yet to be unearthed, but all in good time. As of 2013 thousands of people “hang” from my family tree’s countless branches, covering many generations and leading very different lives on all five continents, but their stories have yet to be told. Thus, I have created this blog, to share with you my relatives’ past, so their stories will not be forgotten.
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