First Post – part 1

Interest in my ancestry began about 2 years ago when I was handed some papers which were passed down to my parents.  My great-grandfather DeGraaf had received some letters from his cousin including an attached family tree.  Cousin Henry Cochrane did research at New York public libraries during the 1920′s and ’30s.  He also had access to an old family Bible.  My parents also shared with me the genealogy of my maternal grandmother’s paternal family (Reams) and my paternal grandmother’s maternal lineage (Bangs) traced back to Plymouth Colony.

As the title of the blog suggests, I’m a beginner genealogist.  My resume consists of some experience with and Internet search engines.  Shortly after I received the paper copies mentioned above, I signed up for a paid subscription.  I typed in this new family tree information and within a day or two had thousands of newly discovered ancestors.  So I thought.  After viewing just a few too many 8-year-olds having babies and persons living 120+ years, I realized this indeed was too good to be true.’s “leaf” technology is very helpful but, as I learned, a user needs to proceed slowly and check the data.  I deleted this huge family tree and started over.

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6 Responses to First Post – part 1

  1. Brian,

    I’ll leave your first comment! Welcome to the blogging world. I hope you enjoy the experience. My best piece of advice is to expect to start slowly as you build the blog and gain more readers, but don’t get discouraged. I have no doubt your blog will be an important addition to the geneablogging world.

    • Brian D. says:


      As always, thanks for your support and advice. If I contribute a small fraction of a percent of what you do for the geneablogging and genetic genealogy community, I will consider it a great success !

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  3. Cheryle Hoover Davis says:

    Hi Brian! Great start on your blog…I’m following, and will continue to come back regularly!

    Beginning in genealogy is a lot of fun, but like you’ve pointed out, requires a lot of checking data…but it IS addictive, and you’re doing a super job!


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, Brian! I knew we’d get you sooner or later!

    Looking forward to reading more in the future!

  5. Gini Webb says:

    Welcome Brian, and you are doing an incredible job. I look forward to your posts and learning from you, I am somewhat of a beginner too, and I agree, sourcing is key, I wish I had realized the importance of sourcing from the beginning but I was on my own and didn’t know a darn thing I was doing?

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