Under a layer of undisturbed dust is your family history.
I had always been curious about my Irish ancestry. I knew a little about the Cloneys, my mother’s family, but not a lot so I started digging into their history and was amazed by what I found. They came to the United States during the Irish famine in 1848 and settled near Boston. Soon after their arrival they packed up the family of eight children and moved to southwestern Michigan where they found rich farm land and a country that was not unlike their old Irish homeland in County Carlow. Less than 20 years after their arrival, my great-great grandfather joined Company C of the 14th Michigan Infantry and marched with General Sherman to the sea. I had lived most of my life without knowing about the Cloney’s sacrifices and struggles, and each new discovery brought me closer to them and helped me learn a great deal about myself in the process.
The good news is that it’s all out there waiting for you to discover, and with my help you too can learn your family history.
Remember that box of old family photos you have stashed away in your attic? Do you have a file folder full of family documents that your grandfather gave you hidden away in a file cabinet somewhere? Those old photos and papers are not just history; they’re your history. What discoveries are waiting to be found about your family? Why did they come here? How did your family end up living where you were born? Did your great-great grandfather serve in the Civil War? The Revolutionary War? Did your ancestors have a hand in building this country?
There’s never been a better time to learn about your family history than today because much of the records, the census documents, the draft cards that were hidden away in government files are now available in droves on the internet if you know where to look.
So many of us would like to learn about our past, our ancestors, our history but it’s so hard to find the time. The Attic Genealogy Research was created to help people discover their family, uncover the mysteries of the past and connect you with the generations that came before. We can unlock your past and preserve your family history, a gift that you can pass along to your children and their children for generations to come.
Below is a preview of a book I recently published, it is a compilation of my father’s WWII photographs, diary entries and letters home. A book such as this would be a great way to preserve your historical family photos, letters and artifacts.