Monday, April 18, 2011

Getting started

I have it again, Genealogy Fever. It's been some time since I've actively worked on my family history. It wasn't just watching Who Do You Think You Are? or getting involved in DAR again that rekindled the fever. I needed something else to occupy my mind and family history was the answer. The Genealogy Fever hadn't broken, it had just been in remission and now it's back.
The first ancestor to get me started was Noah SHEARER. I remember going to visit my maternal grandmother in Rochester, NY and hearing about Noah. He was only 13 when he fought in the American Revolution, the Battle of Bennington to be specific. The story goes that when Noah went with 2 of his brothers to Vermont, he was supposed to bring the horses back home. But he didn't. Sounds like a typical teenager to me. He stayed and fought, did I mention he was 13? I certainly don't know of many 13 year olds today, that would be trusted to bring horses from Vermont to Massachusetts, much less decide to stay and fight in a battle. I have a niece that is 13 and granted she is a girl, but I can't imagine her doing something like that even if she were a boy.
So, Noah is the one to blame for this hobby, some might call it an obsession, of mine. My grandmother was also partially responsible. She had this fascinating trunk with lots of letters, deeds and other bits of information. Most genealogists, amateur or professional, would have given their right arm for some of the things in that trunk. I came to the conclusion about 15 years ago, that thanks to my grandmother, I was one lucky girl.
That's a little about how I caught the fever, now about the blogging. This is my first attempt at blogging and I'm sure my initial attempts will look different from my future ones. My intent with the blog is to share with people (mainly my family and it branches) the stories of some of my ancestors, brickwalls I have, new information and records that I find. One of the first things I had to do was pick a name for my blog. When I was teaching, we teachers would often comment about students who were very much like their parents. We would say, "that apple didn't fall far from the tree". Since genealogy is about family trees, I thought "An Apple Falls" would be fitting.


  1. Love it!! Can't wait to hear more. I would love to help from Raleigh if I can (or if you want help). Beth

  2. I just love how we call this our hobby/ obsession/addiction, etc.! I look forward to reading more of your posts,