I have been researching part of my family tree on and off for quite a few months now using one of the many on-line services for doing this.
In some ways it’s a bit of a combination of detective work, guesswork and trying to remember family conversations that went on around you when you were a child.
For those of us who are now orphans … and I use the term slightly jokingly as although my father died when I was just sixteen, my mother lived into her eighties and my sister and I were blessed to have her well into our middle age. But of course like so many people we have the regret of why didn’t we ask more about aunties, uncles, cousins etc. rather than researching their death notices!
But we can’t turn the clock back and have to rely on our research and intuition now.
To be fair the family tree apps are very good and will give hints and suggestions that often help filling in the gaps. I also did one of the genealogy DNA tests that not only tells you your ethnicity but will from time to time will send you suggestions of possible family members based on DNA matches.
Well I think I have had quite a few of these e-mailed to me over the past year, and I generally just file these for investigation in due course.
However one arrived last week suggesting I was very well connected….Bill Gates from USA. Now I know the sensationally wealthy founder of Microsoft has very sensibly planned to leave not much of his multi-millions to his children to keep them grounded and will instead leave most to his charitable foundation and other causes. And I commend (cousin!) Bill for this!
However I don’t recall though seeing any plans as to what he has intended for his 3rd Cousins…………
Anyway…bubble now burst, looking at the age, perhaps not the same Bill Gates.
Who needs a free Windows 10 upgrade anyway?