Retirement Hobby: Document Family History
I joined Ancestry.com recently as a free member. I am adding all my family members simply as a historic record to try to gather as much as possible for future generations. Oh, how I WISH I had started this years ago, before we lost the older members of my family!
I am not doing big searches, just watching for whatever records they send as possible matches.
It's really amazing at how these little green leaves pop up on some people -- just like on the tv commercials. It's hard to see the tiny green leaves in the photo above,.. but they are there on the top right corner of some people.
Click on the leaves and they lead you to many resources -- some are your family member (birth/death records, immigration records, and more) and some are incorrect. So you can either approve it, or say it's ignore and it will be deleted from your family records.
A green leaf appeared for my own father. I was so surprised as I knew his information already... I had already added his birth date, his date of death, locations, etc. When I clicked, the record showed my fathers nickname "Coop"... and I immediately was WOW'd! Imagine the internet knowing my dads nickname... how did that happen?
As a free member, most often, the green leaves won't reveal much until you are a paid member... but they do allow a few free teasers to hook you. So I just HAD to know how they found his nickname... it was from the newspaper obit that we had published in 2005. He is now linked to that obit.. is that amazing or what?
For every person on your family tree, there are areas for comments, fact sources, and types of media -- you can upload audio, video, photos, stories etc.
Genealogy for future generations will all be online. Can you imagine, years from now, a family member who finds lots of work already done for them? The answers on their family history all laid out before them? That's why I'm doing what I can, as a hobby, to document the information I have right now... and its fun too!