I wrote my first entry for this blog on January 1, 2009….ready to conquer blogging, and to learn all about this fairly new way of communicating, of telling a story. It has been fun, challenging, frustrating….and oh yes, educational.
In the beginning, for my “statement” concerning what my blog is all about, I said I would write about cooking, painting, and genealogy. I wrote about my grandparents and where they came from; where and how they lived. I found while I was sharing stories about the Ogg Family Farm in Richmond, Missouri, I was awakening memories for my readers! I received so many comments, hundreds of email, all expressing how fun it was to read the blog and remember things they had forgotten. I have to admit, each message made me feel pretty good.
Family history is very important to me. I suppose my fascination with Genealogy comes naturally. My Aunt, LouEmma Ogg Jones, worked for years to find how our Ogg ancestors came to America from Scotland. My Grandfather, William Ambrose “Dutch” Johnston, spoke of family and family history, and told me stories as we would “hang out” at the horse barn where we shared a love of all things equestrian. With a big cigar clamped tightly in the corner of his mouth, he would speak with his Missouri style southern accent, telling me about his brothers and his parents. Of course, that was 60 years ago….how I wish I had written them down!
Several years ago, about the time I was signing up for Social Security, I decided it was time to ask the next generation of Johnstons/Oggs, which of them would like to carry on the research and preserve the history that Aunt Lou and I had so painstakingly compiled. I sent an email to my sister’s daughter, my brother’s 2 daughters, and my own 2 daughters, asking if one of them would be interested in our genealogy and would eventually become the family historian. Now I won’t say who said what, but those that did respond (2 of the 5) were not interested at that time. I had to admit my timing in asking for assistance was rotten. All 5 were young women with careers, children and homes to take care of….each day was a challenge to get kids to soccer practice and gymnastics; shop for food as well as get it home, cooked, and on the table; laundry so everyone had something clean to wear the next day; homework checked; house cleaned; kids cleaned; and yes, husbands to keep happy. All of this to be done , hopefully before midnight, so they could drop into bed and let their minds and bodies rest so they could rise at 6 a.m. and start it all over again. They were normal women with normal lives. They did not need to worry about what Napoleon Boneparte Ogg died of in the 1800s! So, I kept compiling information, asking questions, filling in the blanks. My computer runneth over and sloweth down….
Last night, out of the blue, I received a text message from my daughter, Betsy, expressing a profound interest in and fascination with….you guessed it…. Genealogy! She and Ben have been watching the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and they are ready to dive in with both feet! Not wanting to miss an opportunity, I put my external hard drive with everything I have about the family, and CDs to download, in my car and delivered them to Betsy. We spent about an hour getting it set up on her computer, she joined Ancestory.com, and suddenly she was in business! That was about 3:00 p.m. I spoke with her around 9:00 this evening and she was still at it.