I began my family history research in 1972, after the birth of my first child. It has been and continues to be one of my greatest passions. Our family histories connect us with past, present, and future generations. Through dedicated research, our families bring not only the people back to life, but also events of the past.
It has been an incredible journey for me, and will continue to be so for as long as I live. Leaving our stories behind for future generations is one of the greatest gifts we could ever leave behind.
As daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, my goal is to leave our families’ histories for them and for future generations. History should be truth and never revised. This view includes the people in our past, present, and future. No person has ever been nor will ever be perfect. We are humans who are allowed to make our own mistakes. Some of our ancestors have been great people in history; others… not so great an asset to our country, but still a great asset to us, their descendants. Embrace them, remember them, and, most importantly… love them.
Family History Research Workbook by Karla J. Nelson