In my genealogy work I have now identified my roots back, at least, four generations. In most cases even more. In the process I have attached myself to 16 different family lines. In this process I have collected a lot of information and, alas, found myself more or less overwhelmed by it all. So I am going to start a project of writing down what I know about each of the families in an attempt to sort it all out. As I proceed, I am going to concentrate on one family line at a time and work my way back as far as I can.
Since my genealogical work is primarily for my kids I am going to use my surname and my spouse’s maiden name as the starting point and pursue each of the other lines as they are encountered in the family tree. My genealogical tree is available on Ancestry.com (Murray_Summers Family Tree_B) but this is an attempt to expand the tree into some kind of narrative.
I am not sure that this will be an orderly process. At this point I hope to deal with each line separately, and then move on to the next one, but who knows. The family tree process is not a pretty one. I will try to label the articles so that the pieces can be assembled easily and I hope to build a supporting set of data in the My Family tab of the blog. Hopefully I can keep it all in order.
As you might suspect I have an ulterior motive for all of this. I have reached a point in my genealogical life that I need to take a step back and get a grip on the information that I have gathered. So behind all of these entries I will be putting my data together and cleaning up my tree and all of the citations.