Several years back (2002) while at work I made my first genealogical discovery, and it was quite by accident!
The company I was working for had been sold and was going to be shut down. We were in our final few days and there was zero work to do. We did whatever we wanted, basically just to keep busy.
One of my co-workers showed me an online website that she used to find family members. I wondered what she meant by that? What would family members be doing on the Internet? She introduced me to the search engine and explained that she would put a name in to see if any information on them would pop up. She typed in a couple examples without success.
She offered for me to play with the search engine as she wasn't using it, so I started entering whatever name I could think of, living and deceased people, not having a clue! Well, it didn't take long before I hit pay dirt! I found my paternal grandfather on the Internet! To see his name though really made me wonder why it was there. This was actually kind of scary, why was he there? Once my co-worker explained more about what it was I found, I was even more excited. I actually found a family tree of my grandfather with his sisters, father, and mother. I felt so proud of myself! Wow! I didn't want to leave work that day, I wanted to keep searching.
I did search more throughout the final days of employment. All of a sudden though the day came and we were given our last paychecks along with a severance package. Oh no! What was I do do? I was loosing my job, but I was also loosing access to the search engine! Which was worse? Loosing the job was worse, but, at the time, it was just as difficult to loose something I was really enjoying. I had made my first discovery and was introduced to genealogy.
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