Before I started writing my weekly newspaper column, researching our family tree was my hobby. It was a hobby I set aside, however, when I started my website in 1996. So the genealogical inquiry I got this week came as quite a surprise.
It seems that a small, dedicated group of hobby genealogists has traced my paternal grandmother’s Russian family back to 1798! Wow! While there is still some doubt as to which branch my family hangs off of, there is no doubt that my family fits into their tree somewhere.
Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in America, surpassed only by gardening. If you’d like to research your family ancestry online, but don’t know where to start, try these two free searches. Although both are gateways to paid services, they do offer some free information as an enticement to join: Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com.