Genealogy has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Chinese kept records of their pharaohs and emperors. The Greeks did genealogy, but their goal was to prove they descended from a god or goddess. Also the Indians of North America used totem poles as their genealogical record. All these things make us realize that our early ancestors wanted to be remembered.
Barb Babbitt, her husband David, and four of their children moved to Arizona from New Jersey in 1977. She has been a genealogist since 1999.
"I got interested in genealogy because my mother wondered what ever happened to her own father. I tried to find him for her and two years later I found him but he was already deceased," Barb said.
"I also found out my nationality was not just Irish but also Danish.
I went on ancestry.com and put a search message out for my Danish family and about a week later I got a response and found out I had living family in Denmark. I have since had the privilege of going to Denmark and meeting all my cousins and they have come here as well.
This kind of got me hooked on genealogy,"
Barb can give anyone interested in genealogy lots of tips for places to find information such as Social Security applications, the Bureau of Vital Statistics, with birth, marriage, and death certificates and Family Search.org, which is free.
"Genealogy is so addicting, and the best part for me is the hunt! I get just as excited for who ever I'm helping as I do looking for my own ancestors.
I love helping others find their roots. But I also continue working on mine , in genealogy you just never give-up," said Barb.
When you find a clue or a person it's like a Christmas present," she grinned.