The author’s genealogical experience

The people are gone, but their story is yet to be told.

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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2 Responses to The author’s genealogical experience

  1. alexandra says:

    Hello Dawsr,
    I do not know how to start this letter. Maybe by saying I am one of your relatives, although a very distant one. My name is Alexandra, my mother’s name is Maria Victoria Agra Cadarso, daughter of Blas Agra Cadarso and Gloria Cadarso Camano. I am trying to gather the Agra Cadarso family history from my side and I was doing research on Admiral Cadarso. And I stumbled on your blog. I have to go and see my family in Noya to get all the information. My aunt Chola, born Blanca Agra Cadarso, was the one who had all the information when she died 6 years ago it sent me into a terrible depression and I just shut myself off the family as it was too painful. I am starting to go back to Spain to visit my remaining aunt and uncle and I know that time is of the essence so I am planning a trip.
    Anyway, I am writing this in case you want to know something or you want some pictures. The painting of the Admiral used to hang above my grandmother’s main staircase in La Chainza Noya. Now that we have this wonderful technology I can send you scanned photos and stuff. Let me know because I might not be from the same branch of the family as you and it might be useless to you.
    Hope we can exchange things. Looking forward to your reply.

  2. BERT FORTIN says:


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