Thursday, March 28, 2013


A few years ago I stumbled across a free week for Ancestry. I decided to take a chance and see what I could find. Confession: I have no idea who my father is. Nor do I care. It's not something that has ever mattered to me and I have no intentions or desire to search. I've had amazing male role models throughout my entire life.

People talk about being sucked down the Etsy or Pinterest rabbit holes. I got sucked down the Ancestry rabbit hole. And really, it's not hard.

Why am I bringing this up? Well day 12 of Scintilla is about how "those that went before us have walked paths that we may never fully understand. Talk about a time when you learned something important about your family history".

So, here's what I found...

My Pedigree

For my search I started with myself. I came up and then I added my mother. That's when the snowball started rolling and I found my grandparents, both sets of great grandparents and 1 set of great-great grandparents. 

This is just a portion of my family tree.
The gray box is me. What you're seeing are my niece, siblings, cousins, grandparents, great aunts and uncles and great grandparents. My mother's father was one of 16 children, although I've only been able to find a few of them. 

And that actual photo up there...

My Great Aunt Edna
I think this is especially cool because I see the resemblance between her and my grandmother.

The paths that have been walked before me? 

My great-grandfather was of
Czechoslovakian decent but became a U.S. citizen in 1940. 
His wife Anna was Austrian. 

Grand and great-grand parents all over were in the military. I was able to find where my great grandparents are buried and plan to visit the plots sometime this summer. I signed up for the 14-day free trial since I refuse to pay the $77 annual fee, and I'm planning to map out a family tree on paper to keep the meantime. 

Have you ever looked up your ancestry? Do you know what your relatives went through?

*Ancestry in no way sponsored this post. I'm simply sharing my experience with their service*


  1. I haven't really looked up my family but I do know that my grandfather and great grandfather both served in a war. I think my great grandfather may have been in both world wars, but they were in one each.

  2. your blog is so so beautiful :D
    congrats hun

    shall we follow each other?

  3. What a cool idea! I don't know how far it would track since my parents were the first to immigrate here but it's a great idea nonetheless. I like the tree illustration and the way it lays it all out!

  4. this is cool! I really should look my ancestry! It is such a great thing to know

  5. Wow, you found out a lot! I tried that once, and didn't get much..

  6. I've never looked up my ancestry before, but now I want to!

  7. My dad spent countless hours researching our family tree online and at libraries. It's quite extensive. He has so many records and pictures going back a decent amount. One day I'm hoping to be able to research my mom's side as well.