Retirement Hobby: Genealogy
I retired last year, after working for a solid forty years for the same gas company. All four of my children have grown up and started families of their own.
I had always been interested in what my father had done during World War 2, so I began to research what he had done.
After visiting the National Archives and learning quite a bit more than I had thought I could, I began researching his family, my grandparents and aunts and uncles.
From there, my love of genealogy has sprung.
Using various websites and visiting state houses, I have been able to discover who the first of my family was that reached the states. Sans the cost of travel, this hobby has not cost me much. A few printer costs at archives and subscription costs to the websites I use. I have paid a few people for items they have sent me from the family.
I don't keep a journal, play bridge, nor create cards for friends. The only antiques I "collect" are family heirloom.
Wendy - Wish this had a few more details on how retirees can do this research.. but I did find the National Archives link to explore Veteran's records, as well as our nations historical records.