Do you know your lineage? Do you know where you come from? I can honestly say that I don't know much about my family tree. My maiden name is Kaffenberger, which I know is German, but that is as far as I can go with that. There is a show on NBC called Who Do You Think You Are? Every week a new celebrity goes on a trek to find out about their ancestry. I think this show is fascinating, and every week it makes me want to learn more about who I am. I think that knowing your history is important.
My mom is a history buff like me. She really enjoys the show too. Usually, we watch it, and then call each other to talk about it (She lives about 4 hours away from me. I miss her!). My mom is a retired teacher, with some free time on her hands, and I keep trying to talk her in to researching our family history. Maybe for Mother's Day I will by her an Ancestry.com membership. That's not obvious is it? I keep telling her that currently, I am to busy creating and raising blood lines, to do any research about my blood lines.
From talking with my maternal grandmother, who passed away 5 years ago, I know that somewhere in her lineage there is a relation to Rutherfor B. Hayes. Her father was a newspaper man, and apparently a bookie too! My maternal grandfather, who passed 7 years ago, was an extremely interesting man. He was in Patton's army in WWII, as a radio man. He was a fantastic story teller, and education and learning were important to him. He wrote poetry and short stories. He grew up on a small farm in Osgood, Indiana. I remember visiting that farm once when I was a little girl. Now when I remember back on it, the images I create are those of Dorothy's black and white farm in Kansas. I wish I knew more about where these two amazing people came from. Maybe I could find a little bit of myself in their histories.
My husband's paternal family tree has been traced clear back to Ireland and Scotland. With a name like McCauley, it wasn't hard to guess that that is where his roots would end up. My husband's aunt did all of the research, and has created a DVD with history, documents, and pictures. I think this is a great gift to the family. My girls will some day be able to learn about their namesakes.
Perhaps when I have more time this summer, I can get my mom to help me do some research. I have this nagging voice inside my head that tells me I need to dig deep and find our family's secrets. My gut says there is something out there to be found. My past is calling. It's time to answer!