I made my first family tree as a teenager because I wanted to know how I was related to all those people at the family picnic. Later I joined the Church and found out why I felt compelled to collect people. Now I can’t stop.
I took a plain piece of paper, and started with my great grandparents’ names, Samuel Facey and Margaret Wilford. I drew a short line down and then a long horizontal line for the names of their nine children and their spouses. Oops. Not enough room. I started again with several pieces of paper taped together so there was room for everyone. By the time I got finished it had become a scroll. I had no idea that pedigree charts and family group sheets could be purchased. Actually, they probably couldn’t be in the late 1960’s in Ontario, Canada.
I found that family members were willing to share what they knew. When I showed an interest they would give me things, including a charcoal drawing of my great great grandfather, Edmund Facey.
The Facey family lived in Cornwall, England. My branch moved to Canada, and another branch to Australia. One of the Australians wrote his autobiography “A Fortunate Life” which was made into a TV mini-series there. Just last Sunday in Salt Lake City, I met an Australian who had actually read that book.
Today I have my forty years of research stored on a flash-drive. How technology has improved this work!
Now I have the wonderful opportunity to help others find their ancestors by participating in FamilySearch Indexing. There is a vault full of records of ancestors just waiting for someone to type their names into an index so their families can find them. There is work for all of us, and blessings for all of us too.
This success story was submitted by:
Diana Facey Bobo
Salt Lake City, UT