This journey began for me a good ten years or so ago when I got a copy of Family Tree Maker. I purchased it just out of curiosity to find out a little more about our family history. Once I began entering the information, I felt the need to find out more and more and just keep going on entering this information. I was hooked!
Once I entered the information that I knew, I was lost. I determined that I needed to talk to my parents and find out what they could add. This soon led to talking to Great-Aunts, Cousins and other family members to expand on what was already getting to be a very interesting family. The elders of the family were so excited that I was documenting the stories that they were telling me and continuing to search and solve these hidden mysteries of our family.
There have been many defining moments in this search. Taking my Dad to his grandmothers (Patsy McCoy Ford) grandmothers (Mary Ann Mitchell McCoy) grave side at Sullins and Hankins cemetery in Grubbs, Arkansas really meant a lot. The letters, pictures, emails and documents that I received from all over the country to add to the website and my research were like opening priceless treasures. It fuels me on to keep looking for more.
My visits to Arkansas always include trips to libraries, cemeteries, visiting with family members and places of our families past. This is a search that will never end. Once you find a love for genealogy, you are building a history lesson for your current and future family members.