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From: "Thee Johansens" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT - When did we start? (was: members in their 80s)
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:22:06 -0700
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> On 12/14/2011 9:20 PM, Kay & JW (Bill) Sturgeon OAM wrote:
>> Listees,
>> It might be interesting to know at what age we all started doing our
>> family history, and then the big one, when did we actually start
>> recording it as we do now.


Well, I reckon I first got interested (though I didn't know it at the time),
in my pre-teen years when we all met yearly in Florence, CO for my
Grandfathers birthday. He was my last grandparent alive.
It was really a family reunion with folks travelling in from near and far.

I joined the Navy in 1960 and it was then that I started wondering just
who all those people were at those "birthday party's".
Aunts, Uncles, cousins ? ? ? Some "Greats", 1st & 2nds even.
I started writing my mother asking her questions and she would
answer each question (one at a time). Most of this communication
with my mother would take place at sea, on deck, under the nighttime

SOURCES ? ? ? Well like so many of you, I did keep the letters my
mother wrote. I also kept my own notes.

Later, living in CA, I started trying to put the jug saw puzzle
together, collecting Birth & Death certificates, etc. etc.
It was during this period that I found the Family Group Sheets
that the Mormon church had printed up. WHAT A HELP ! ! !
It was about the same time that I found out that my mother
had a spiral bound "notebook" that she had written down (when
& where) who was born and died. WOW, what a find. She was
happy to give me a copy of all. Some other notes also.
She only had two errors that I can confirm, One name misspelled
and one birth date off by one year.

I started using timelines and Family History Sheets for all my work.
All in longhand. Now I was off and running.

Like Wayne, I made one big mistake. While in my first marriage,
we uncovered a first marriage for her father. Her parents almost
exploded when we happily showed them our findings.
Per her mother, "Some things are PRIVATE ! ! !" ect. etc.

When I re-located back to CO in the mid eighties, I got even more
serious. My father had been orphaned when he was about 4 yrs.
old in Norway. He had saved several of his fathers business letters
(orders for his business) and a few letters from friends, along with
numerous post "cards" from his sister (still in Norway).
My greatest achievement came in the last ten years when I finally
found my fathers mother (MY Grandmother); her name; birthplace;
My father had never been told her name. She had been born in
Germany and I believe that the Germans and Norwegians didn't
get together too good during my fathers childhood, so good
records were hard to come by.

First S/W program was TMG 3.5 or 4 ??
P.S. The guilty party, my Grandfather died while I was in the
US Navy. I was told that he considered me his favorite
grandchild as I had sent him an 8 X 10 picture of me and
my ship.
With all his "school sized" pictures of grandchildren on his wall,
mine was the only one he could see clearly with his old eyes.

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