Shortly after posting my 29 before 29 realizations list, a near and dear friend reached out to make sure that I could start on number 5: Research my dad’s family tree. There are no words to describe the amount of love and respect that I have for Lisa as she offered advice and resources to help me get started on what I knew would be a lofty task.
This is something that I’ve always wanted to do and had plans to do with my dad, but we are all on borrowed time and ours was cut a little short. After his passing, I was even more determined to discover his lineage of his robust family and dig to the roots of how his family ended up in St. Thomas (while I grew up in Texas).
I started the task this weekend and I’m happy to say I’ve made some serious progress!
LOOK AT THAT! I mean really look at that, because it was exhausting and I had to stop looking at it after a good 3 hours of reading through the online records. My dad’s family has proven to be quite the challenge with so many of the missing links being deceased. I’ve had to really dive deep into records to make sure that I’m saving the right components to the family tree and making progress. When you get stuck between a rock and a hard place, its time to let that overwhelming feeling go. Now, we are here. My starting point is strong and slowly over the next few months I can reach out to my dad’s side of the family to dig even further into the past.
To sum this project up, I’ll refer to an amazing quote that I’ve decided to keep at the forefront of all of this work.
My dad radiated positivity and I only hope that I can continue on with his amazing legacy. He always expected me to be the best version of me (you’ll hear that a lot this year) and do what is right. I know he would be proud of everything that I’ve accomplished in the last few months and what I’ve got plan for this year.
Here’s to learning even more about his wonderfully robust family and where we’ve come from.