Discover Your Family Tree and Discover Yourself
Your family tree is not just a list of names and dates. It’s a journey of self-discovery. Looking at life through the lens of the past helps us to understand how the past affects who we are today. Not only as individuals but as a community.
Hi There, I’m Christina!
I wear many different hats: nurse, mother, grandmother, and of course, hobby genealogist. I am also the administrator of the West and Masters DNA projects at FTDNA. I never thought about doing any family research until my mother was wondering about one of her ancestors.
Years before, my grandmother started researching my grandfather’s family tree. With the use of the internet, I was sure I would find the information my mother was seeking. By the time I completed the family tree research for my mother, I was hooked!
The Story of My Family Tree
I did not start my family research with the intent of sticking with it. Therefore, I did not learn how to properly research genealogy from the beginning. Instead, I jumped right in the middle with both feet, full speed ahead. I was moving right along, by attaching my tree to a lot of other trees on Ancestry. It did not take me long to realize those trees are frequently wrong. I deleted that tree and started a new one.
As with any tree, there were holes, as well as long-standing brick walls. I thought Ancestry had everything to complete the family tree, but they don’t and I needed to unlock those mysterious ancestors. What was the next step? Where do I go? What should I look for? How much does it cost?
Discover Your Family Tree
As a hobby genealogist, I have learned so much since that time. I have attended seminars, webinars, workshops, and read a ton of books. Some things I learned by discovering what not to do. My desire is to share the things I have learned so that you discover the past and dig deeper into your family tree.
- A free digital library of old books (and some microfilm) all for you to view or download in an instant.
- A free forum is to find answers to your questions and post your findings, which may lead you to make new family connections.
- The blog, with all the latest news, tips, and tricks to help you in your genealogy journey.