Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Megan and I am very passionate about my family history and want to help you become passionate about yours. I have been researching my ancestors off and on for over 20 years and am loving it more and more each year. It is wonderful to do some detective work and find that elusive relative.
I have always been fascinated by my ancestors. I believe it is because my dad’s family is in England and my mum’s family in Western Australia and I live in Queensland. Whatever the reason, I have always wanted to know where my family came from. On holidays to Perth I would question older relatives to find out our joint story. I started out with the old pen and paper, trudging along to libraries and family history societies to find the information I was looking for. Over the years I have amassed boxes and boxes of paper, documents and photos.
Many years ago my brother purchased me my first genealogical computer software program – The Master Genealogist (unfortuantley no longer available) – it opened up a whole new way of working on my tree. I only needed to take a laptop and notebook with me. Over the years with the advent of the internet I have had to venture out less often as the world of geneaolgy comes into my home. I have a paper filing system as well as all documents and photos I have acquired being scanned onto my computer.
Unfortunately my children do not have this drive to find out where we came from and their eyes glass over when I start talking about it. By developing this website I want to ensure that all my hard work is there for others to see.
Why a Website?
It is definitely the thrill of the chase that gets me inspired and I want you to feel that too. One of my great stories is finding my great great grandmother, Henney, who was proving elusive. I had her married to Jonah Walker but I could not find a birth or marriage record for her. I bit the bullet one day and sent off for a marriage certificate for Jonah Walker. The only other name appearing for that date on the index was a Henry Foster – could this be Henney? Low and behold when that certificate arrived I established the marriage index had her registered as Henry, so not the first same-sex marriage in the world after all!
I want to be able to offer you insights and tips to give you the skill set you require to trace your ancestors. I want you to ask me questions on our journey together into the past. I want you to feel the excitement when you finally discover the elusive relative or why someone disappeared from the family. Head over to my page Genealogy: An Introduction as a starting point.
Sharing My Passion
I have always wanted to publish my genealogical research to ensure it is there for future generations. I also want to pass on the skills I have learned over the years and help others to gain a passion for this addictive hobby. A website seemed the most logical way to do both as it can be done easily and with little cost.
You are probably wondering about the name for my blog – Walking the Genes – well with my surname being Walker I felt that it was the obvious choice for walking through my past. Anyway enough from me for now.
All the best in your research journey!