My name is Daniel, and I’m the author of this blog, The Genealogy Corner, where I write about my own experiences researching my family tree and unearthing a fascinating family history. I have a Masters’ Degree in Nobility Law, Genealogy and Heraldry by the National University of Distance Education (UNED, Spain) and I am a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the Association of Genealogy, Heraldry and Nobility of Galicia in Spain, and of the Circle of Genealogy and Heraldry of the European Union.
I first became fascinated by genealogy when I was about ten years old, when I was shown a family tree drawn up by a distant relative. I instantly became fascinated by the fact that, unknowingly, I had always been a piece of the puzzle that I call family.
My insatiable appetite for knowing more and filling in the gaps has led me to where I am today: contributing to a family history magazine, keeping this blog and popping to my local archive whenever I have the chance.
So far, my research has taken me 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 uncovering old documents and manuscripts which have remained unopened for decades – if not centuries!
Genealogy is not a question of “how far back can you go in time”, but of knowing who you are and who were those who shaped the family you were born into. In my opinion, tracing your lineage back several centuries is relatively pointless if you don’t investigate the links in between and the lives that populate your family tree. 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 my ancestral lines, and I have found ancestors all the way from Italy to New York and from Wales to Santiago de Compostela. As of 2014, 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 are yet to be told. Thus, I have created this blog, to share with you my relatives’ past, so their stories will not be forgotten in the future.
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