In the beginning…

If I’m going to start blogging about my family history, I feel it is only right to begin at the beginning. My beginning, that is. I was born in 1977, the fourth generation to be born in Oregon. My father and I were both born in the same hospital. I was a scheduled birth, as my mom’s doctor refused to work Labor Day weekend. And I was breech, which should have clued my mom in to what a stubborn child I was going to be.

We lived in Sandy, OR until I was almost two, when my parents divorced. My family has lived in Sandy since 1904, and my paternal grandmother still lives there today. After the divorce, mom carted me off to Portland, and I’ve lived here ever since. My mom remarried when I was three, to a wonderful man whom I have always considered my dad. My (half)brother, Adam, was born in 1982.

My son, Joshua, was born in 2004. He is my only child, and is my miracle baby. Joshua was born with a congenital heart defect called Critical Aortic Valve Stenosis, and was only given a 40% chance of survival. He is now 5, excelling in Kindergarten, and driving me crazy trying to keep up with him.

I started tracing my family history about 12 years ago. I have always loved research, and have always wanted to know where I came from. I have always enjoyed a very close relationship with my maternal grandparents, so one day I started asking questions. And out came the old photo albums, the family stories, and even some family secrets. The more I learn, the more curious I am to fill in the blanks. And to connect with realtives that may be out there somewhere.

To begin with, the two main lines I am researching are Loundree and Greybill, my father and mother’s lines, respectively. As I can make time, I will post all I know on these and other lines I am researching.

I am also a professional genealogist, specializing in research in Oregon, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Missouri. If I can be of help to you, please let me know.

Good luck in your ancestor hunt!

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 4:56 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. Congratulations on getting started. Keep it up! Good for you!

    Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I’m fairly new, as well, and have found it most stimulating, especially the Daily Themes.

    Keeping telling your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill 😉

  2. Welcome to genea bloggerland Tara. I look forward to reading your research journey. You are so lucky to have had that personal relationship with your grandparents. I should imagine their stories are absolutely fascinating… I love hearing about life from days of yore and look forward to your posts.


  3. Welcome to the blogosphere. I like your style of writing, so I’ll be following along! 🙂


  4. Welcome to geneablogging! I’m looking forward to reading about your progress.

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