Thursday, April 5, 2012
How I Got Addicted
I have always been interested in where I come from. But this photo, along with a comment from my father about 20 years ago, fueled the addiction. My dad suggested I try to find out about his Nichols family. Nothing was known. A few tid bits here and there.
As I began digging, this gentleman, Arthur Ellsworth Nichols (b: 1858), has been the thorn in my side. I have been able to trace quite a few generations back on both sides of my family tree, except for him. The man who gave us our last name, and I cannot find anything that is certain on him prior to my grandfather's birth.
I won't stop looking though. Not until we know. There is a lot to be learned from our ancestors, and I get a thrill every time I find a new one. Someday this man's history will come to me. It may not be earth shattering as far as achievements, but more times than not, those are the people in my family history that I relate to the most.
The quiet, hard working people. They remind me of myself, my parents, and God willing, my children. It amazes me, how things can be handed down generation to generation, just by living our daily lives. Our beliefs, our convictions, our pride, our strengths, and yes even the bad things such as prejudice.
With this blog, I hope to continue to connect with others online who are related. I have found many cousins and long lost relatives I didn't even know I had, by using the internet. It is such a fabulous thing to talk to someone in Japan, who is a cousin, by way of my great great great grandfather.
If you feel there might be a connection in our family histories, don't hesitate to contact me: genealogynichols at gmail dot com.
Enjoy the adventure!