I’ve been climbing my family tree since the days of writing letters and reading microfiche.
And while I’m still interested in dead people, in 2015 I focused less on the ones related to me  and more on those buried in various Midwest cemeteries .
Which means my ancestors have been gathering dust. Well not them exactly, but the files of genealogy related records I gathered in their names. [Technically speaking, my ancestors really have been gathering dust, but I digress.]
My aging brain cells are gathering dust too. What if I forget the family stories I uncovered along the way?
Well…since the downsizing adventure LESS STUFF has become my mantra. Passing along the information I gathered to the next generation of family history researchers is a giant part of my new year’s goals. Once I’ve organized the data and shared the stories, that’s what I’m going to do.
To keep myself on task, while I clean up my family history files I’ll share those stories here on Surname Saturdays.
So please join me as I post cousin bait – maybe we’ll find out we’re related!
 Surnames in my family tree include Adam, Åman, Bettinger, Carlson, Christian, Clarin, Clark/e, Ersson, Grosse, Gury, Helleringer, Houpert, Jonasson, Joughin, Landstrom, Larson, Littrell, Mangels, Morland, Mueller, Peterson, Ridenour, Schmitt, Shank, Shartzer, Thompson, Tolf and Walton.
 In 2015 I visited 30+ cemeteries and took thousands of headstone pictures for Find A Grave.