Dale and I share some interesting commonalities in our family histories. I descend from Swedish pioneer homesteaders in Nebraska, while Dale descends from German pioneer homesteaders - also from Nebraska. I have one branch of family that goes back to Colonial times - as does Dale. And I have a significant branch of the family from Scotland - as does Dale.
One of the main differences, though, is Dale's deeper roots in Colorado. Both of his parents are Colorado natives. In my immediate family, only my youngest sister is a Colorado native. Another difference is our relationship to agriculture. Dale's parents were actively engaged in agriculture and Dale grew up on a farm. In my family, my paternal grandparents farmed but did not own the land. I have to go back yet another generation to find farming ancestors.
I became interested in genealogy thanks to my Aunt Jane, but I'm carrying a torch that many before me have carried. In my family, I'll shout out to Jane, my great-grandmother Lola Timmons, and Frank Holtman. In Dale's family, it would be Sister Marie Gerard, Kay Nave and Kay Rademacher. We are so grateful to have become the family archivists and historians.
In the coming years, I look forward to perfecting the documentation and research I have collected for all of my ancestors. In addition, I look forward to finding safe homes for precious family photos and artifacts. Many of these will be donated to museums, historical societies, and local archives.