I started quite by accident. I ordered a book without the benefit of having an acurate description of its contents--smile (this was in 2000). When it arrived it turned out to be a beginers guide to genealogy. I read it and was hooked from the first few pages!
I began to think of the various 'firsts' some members of my Donaldson line held in our state (Washington) as well as thinking how little we actually knew--those of us who were interested. There are a bunch of us here from various lines and unfortunately all seperated. Very few of the older members of the family talk about the past and very little of it got passed on. So, for my maternal lines, this is what drove me--how much of what little I knew was true and by gosh, did so and so really marry so and so even after...--LOL.
For my paternal lines it was slightly different. I knew who most of them were/are in name only. Didn't know anything else. I was at a point of healing and letting go of grudges and hurts held against my father and his side of the family. I thought that if I could learn about them that it would help in the healing process that I had started as a freshman in college (in 1992).
I love the journey! I have learned so many things, met many people--related and not that have been helpful. I have learned of family members who didn't know that our branch existed any more and we certainly never knew they did!--LOL. On my Mother's side I have learned of FPOC lines as well as those that rose from slavery; of ancestors helping to found settlements and fight in wars et cetera (oh so much more--smile). On my father's side I have learned of the 2nd great grandfather who owned the 2nd great grandmother before they started their family and gained insight into 'now is that why so and so acts like that?!--LOL, um hum, got that from so and so--LOL'.
I simply don't know how I'd ever quit, even if I wanted to! Every answer gives me at least five more questions that I just simply need answered!--LOL.
It has been wonderful and I expect it will continue to be so. Perhaps in the end, it was no accident at all!