Hi, my name is Jean and I am a Family History and Genealogy aholic!
My downfall all began around 35 years ago when I got hold of some family documents and made my first tree, that was when I started to be hooked.
I seemed to have it under control in the beginning, I could go for periods and never touch it, but gradually I needed to do research regularly, without it I was a mess.
I knew I was getting addicted but couldn’t do anything about it.
Now it has got to the point where I just can’t do without it every day and if I don’t add members to my tree I have such feelings of inadequacy.
I have finally admitted to myself that I am a family history and genealogy aholic – but – I couldn’t care less. I have no wish to be cured, and I am going to carry on just as long as I can.
All joking apart, there should be a health warning with Family History because it definitely is addictive and once you have tasted the pleasure and excitement of making your first discoveries you too will be in the same boat as me.
Unfortunately it can run away with you if you get connected with existing pedigrees. The inclination is to just go on and on adding new members to your family tree, as many as you can find, getting your tree number as high as possible. When you find yourself doing this – get a grip!
You are not the first one to discover royal and aristocratic ancestors, there are millions of people who will have these connections even if they are not aware of it. It is fun yes, but doesn’t really have a great deal to do with you and your immediate family. I will admit to feeling very thrilled when I discovered my first royal ancestor but when you have added literally hundreds of royals and aristocrats the euphoria begins to wear off.
I am still totally hooked on Family History and don’t think I am still not thrilled and excited to have all these people dangling from my tree, but I have had a reality check and have gone right back to the beginnings of my research and am now going over all my first research data. Trying to find out more details of the few generations back from me.
It is sometimes very hard to come up with anything other than the bare birth, baptism, marriage and death details about a person, but wherever I can I am trying hard to find these extra details.
I may not be able to resist going back to the pedigrees and just adding a few more to my tree eventually - well I’m only human!!