Friday, March 26, 2010
McKean Genealogy. I Love My Family
I've done generations of genealogy and have been so upset by not finding my McKean ancestry. Well, "low and behold" my brother-in-law loves genealogy and bought Ancestry.com, so I'm working on my sister's work (which is exactly like my work) The greatest thing was I've been looking for the McKean family forever. The updates on Ancestry.com just added all my McKean family the past 6 months. I haven't been able to copy it all over at the Family History Center. Now with Ancestry.com, I'm almost in genealogy heaven! There were some mistakes, like the extractor on the Church website forgot a whole generation, the whole family. My ggrandfather's father's family went directly to HIS grandfather. It should have sparked a "this-doesn't-work" note in her head because of the dates. BUT, I GOT IT, AND FIXED IT! I stayed-up until 3:30 in the morning correcting it all. I learned so much about the Church's New Family Search. I think it takes a mistake to really get in there and learn about what your doing. Not upset at all, time was not wasted and me...I feel like I now can accomplish the task of finding my Family History and all the names that go with it. ALMOST!...I may have some problems going to other countries and I say almost, because surely if I knew what I need to know, I wouldn't be thinking that.
I've gone through pounding the desk with the whole FHC library full. I cried in front of everyone and hooted out-loud. I got the "Shhhhhh!" from lots of people. I really didn't mean to ruin their concentration. It was like I was the only one there. Intense. A name of Hannah J. McKean kept popping-up in the wrong family and when I finally got her in the right family I found out her middle name is Joy. That's how I feel. Joy!!!! The computer again is now on my phone so when I have to wait for anything I can find more on the lines. I've got lots of leads.
I know this is soooooo boring to listen to another person that you are not related, talk about their genealogy. I just want to convey the feeling I have received from doing this. It's addicting and even more than Facebook, eating, (I can't believe I wrote that) and also drinking soda pop. It loses all its frizz while I work diligently. The experiences I've just had even lately, spurs you on to do more and more. It's really a satisfying accomplishment ... as would be creating a invaluable piece of artwork or writing a best-selling book. Okay, it's even WAY better than that, knowing the consequences.
I have to write this little note in, so when my family sees this picture..... my grandmother Winniford Lyle McKean O'Connor was in the picture maybe, but not born yet. So please don't try to figure out which one is Gramma Commer. Winniford so looks much like Nelda Lucinda, the Great Aunt that we never met and lived in Springfield, Missouri. And Winniford was the youngest of the four little girls.
Richard Winslow McKean Family is related to the Scot (line migrated from Ireland) that signed the Declaration of Independence. His name is Tho. McKean representing Delaware. He was a gguncle to Richard Winslow McKean. I am working on the McKeans at the moment. I change by inspiration and I mean it.