Friday, September 23, 2011

The Geneology Bug Has Bit

Three Generations of
Martha Ann Thaxton Reynders
My Paternal Grandmother
I was named after my grandmother
and my first daughter is Martha Ann.

I'm feeling motivated about pursuing family history.  I was about it before, but I would get stifled because I didn't find it particularly easy in spite of what people would say.  Some years ago I use to even work the family history center (once a week), but I always felt like I was spinning my wheels never making the headway I wanted to.  It's getting easier with all the new developments on  It's easy to work at home on your own computer.  I'm not getting crazy about getting stuck on a family line anymore (Thaxton in particular). I just shelf it and move on. It can be pretty frustrating when you hit a dead end, but records are being added so I'm assuming those lines will eventually move forward.  In the meantime, I happily do Indexing and I'm even working on my husband's lines or whatever I feel moved to pursue.  I can easily find something to do, even blogging.  I've designated my Sundays for such doings.  I'm feeling happy about this choice.  I might not be getting a lot done, but as the scripture says, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass." (Alma 37:6)

"While temple and family history work has the power to bless those beyond the veil, it has an equal power to bless the living. It has a refining influence on those who are engaged in it. They are literally helping to exalt their families."

1 comment:

  1. This is really encouraging to hear. So often I hear only the positive about geneology and I find it quite daunting. But, reading this leaves me without excuse, it's hard but move on and do indexing if all else fails (good idea). Good luck on those lines, Thaxton included. Sorry I've fallen off the face of the planet for the past year, I think I'm feeling human enough to get back to visiting with friends (online and off), blogging, sewing etc. This cute baby #4 has been a cutie, but really needy along with the other 3 cuties, leaving me with nothing left over at the end of the day. :) It's been fun, but I'm excited to have things a little more normal again.