About Anscavating (continued from homepage)
Anscavating has grown to be much more than just another genealogy blog. It is our everyday experiences that are shaped by the past. The special moments that are embedded in our minds that last a lifetime. From memories around grandmas kitchen table to recipes passed on from generation to generation to creative ways to manage your home and your life.
The future is full of surprises and one can never be adequately prepared for what it holds. However, the best way to plan for it is by drawing on past experiences, as this will give you the best chance of succeeding. By looking at life through the lens of our past, we are better suited to understand how the past affects who we are today, not only as individuals but also as a community.
Anscavating encourages you to be true to yourself, tapping into your past to become the best version of yourself.
6 Things You Didn’t Know About Me…
- I like things short and to the point. Up until my youngest graduated high school, I was always on the run, or so it seemed. All 3 of my children played sports. I worked (and still do) a full-time nursing job. Occasionally working two jobs or enough over time to be counted as two jobs. Who had time for a bunch of filler? I like things, short, simple, and to the point, which is the polar opposite of genealogy.
- But then who doesn’t love a good mystery? Growing up, my father and I loved to watch the who-done-it shows. Not the ones that told you who in the beginning, but the old Perry Mason, Heart to Heart, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote type of mysteries. He and I would make a game out of who could figure it out the quickest. There’s always another mystery in genealogy. Not to mention the adrenalin rush when you finally bust through that brick wall. Perhaps I should mention, most of the nurses I know are adrenalin junkies, just like me.
- I worked a 36-hour work-week while attending a 40-hour nursing program, and coming home as a single mother of two children. No wonder it took me so long to find out I had Narcolepsy. I just thought I was tired from always being on the run.
- A few years after completing the LPN program, and now with three children, I decided to go back to school and bridge my LPN to RN. Still whole working a full-time job, but at least I had re-married and had a little extra help. Thanks to all the English language usage lessons growing up, given to me by my Grandma Millie, I was able to Clep-out of the English requirement. At least it was one less class I had to take.
- I am married to my high-school sweetheart. It just took us a little longer than high school to figure out we were made for each other. After my youngest graduated high school, I found myself a little “bored” I had no idea what I was going to do with the extra little bit of time that I had. Then genealogy came into my life, and here I am, ten years later, still looking for that one brick wall, that one mystery that is driving me crazy!
- My grandma Jo started researching the family tree after she retired, back in the day of doing it all “on foot” so to speak. No computers, no internet. When she passed, I decided to see how far I could get, building on what she had already started. I am also a perfectionist, with a side of OCD. Therefore it is not possible for me to just quit. I have to see it through. I imagine I will be on my death bed, making a call to a courthouse, archive, or genealogy society trying to grab that last little bit of information.
- Most people think I am an introvert, and I am to some extent. I do love my quiet time, whereas my hubby can’t sit still. Every chance I get, you will find me at my uncles place in Missouri. Eighty acres of timber, and a pond on the side of a mountain. There is nothing better, not even chocolate.
Navigating Your Way Around Anscavating
- The Forum: Contains information about all 50 states and their sources. What type of sources were available when, and where they were located. PLUS surname boards for you to have a place to “query” your ancestors. If you have a surname that you do not see listed, send me a message or go to the contact page and let me know, so I can add it for you.
- The Library: Contains free books for you to download in PDF form that are no longer under copyright laws.
- Genealogy: Yep, you guessed it! Here is where you will find tips, tricks, and techniques for all things genealogy related.
- Home and Heart: Holds anything from memories at grandmas house to tips and tricks for life & living that our ancestors knew.