|About HELMS FOOTPRINT 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 we 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.