Re:Family Tree Genealogy DNA Testing. Anyone involved?
I have been reluctant to pay a subscription to any of the on-line genealogy services to do my 'research', however a trial period with Ancestry.com was part of the DNA testing offer, so I did it, then extended the membership for a year when I began to find a lot of information that I wasn't aware of, or had only oral-history hand-me-downs for a source. It has proved very valuable so far, and each day I seem to be able to solve questions that were left hanging in the past.
It's really funny how one's priorities and interests evolve over time. I worked hard for many years to raise, and support, a large family. There was no time allocated for this sort of introverted historical search. When I neared retirment I had passed the complusvive career climbing point, and had a few years near the end of my work-years when we could take a lot of time to get closer to my Mom and her (Czech) history, and my Dad who passed away when I was only 4 years old, and to travel the USA with Janet who had not been outside of SoCal before.
Those activities, which blended well together, gave me a new direction for these years when I don't travel as much, and my family seems to be going it's own directions most of the time. Now is the time that I can use to search out my own heritage.."ROOTS" (so to speak!). A couple of my children have a little interest in the process, but much prefer for me to write-it-up and send them the Reader's Digest version !! No hard feelings on my part, as I recall the many times when I only half-listened to my Grandfathers rants about what the Nazi, and later the Soviets, did to our relatives in the old country.
Now I communicate with the elderly survivors (and their children) about what grandfather told us...and try to preserve the history as well as the family tree.
Sorry if I belabor the point so much, but I am very aware that the catch-phrase "If we don't learn from the mistakes we make in our history, we are doomed to repeat them"...or something close to that. I am finding myself in the role of preserver of the family history at this point, and want to do the best I can to help my future family understand how important the family past really is.
End of Rant. Thank you all for sharing my interest in this 'quest'.