|About HELMS FOOTPRINTS IN THE SANDS OF TIME
All genealogies are a work in progress. Although I began my research years ago, at times family and job responsibilities took priority and my fascinating hobby made its way into a cardboard file box. Today, however, time permits indulgence in genealogy as much as I choose. The cardboard box has given way to open files and of course, piles of papers on my desk. Genealogy is exciting...challenging...fascinating...and frustrating! Often when I have the time, many 'ancestors' are no longer alive to be asked the 'what, when, where, why and who' questions. The puzzle seems to have so many pieces... and finding 'one' piece, sometimes, seems to be an almost insurmountable task. But, little by little, the puzzle takes shape...and the lives of our ancestors are finally beginning to come together. The family history isn't one of great adventures or phenomenal accomplishments. There are no Presidents, Kings, Pirates or thieves. No... it is the genealogy of courageous families who came to a new land to make a new life. It is the genealogy of hard-working families who worked the farms, mined the coal and worked in the mills. Everyday life was hard. Survival was often a struggle. Yet they pursued the dreams they had..and they are the grass roots of our families.
Is my genealogy finished? Heavens no! As I attain one set of goals, a new set is developed. Will my genealogy ever be finished? Probably not! Most importantly, I want our children to know and be proud of their heritage... and I want to share the greatness of our ancestors with the world. If you find information from my genealogy that helps in your research...that's great! If you have information I'm lacking...let's share! In the meantime.. read on and enjoy the documented family history and the family stories that make the people come to life!
You will find many points, in my files, that need further study. I do not claim to be the final authority on my files and all information is subject to further research. It is hoped that the information provided, in these files, will encourage more research. If this is done, then I have accomplished my goal.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.
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