You know, I have learned a lot from Chris and from looking at this family tree. Like every family, we had a lot of legends but there were a lot of a lot of new insights that are of interest to me and will certainly be of interest to my older siblings.
Genealogy and local history, we focus on local history, people searching their houses their streets their neighborhoods. And then obviously genealogy, people trying to find their roots. Whether it be local national or international.
The biggest challenge with Thane I thought was just starting from scratch as I knew nothing. Predominantly I used databases to find the family tree for Thane. I used ancestry.com, I used familysearch.
com. But I also used the telephone. I knew he was from Baltimore, I searched on the internet to see if I could find anything about his father’s florist business and, I actually found something. But I did not have access to the actual ad.
So what I did is I phoned the Baltimore Public Library, and I talked to a librarian who had access to their databases and she sent me a nice PDF. It’s an interesting tree, it’s without a doubt an interesting tree.
Well a lot of what was really revelatory to me was the only nationality I heard about was English, but to have documentation that there are Swedes and Germans and some of my family fought for the Union in the Civil War, some fought for the Confederacy.
I didn’t know any of those things. It’s really interesting to see a family that’s part of American history. I particularly loved that Chris was able to find modern-day shots of where my parents flower shops were in the 1930s and 40s.
One reason I wanted to know more about my family history was to maybe share some of that with my siblings. All of my siblings are older than I am, and so they remember some things better than I do. And they’re keenly interested in genealogy.
So it’ll be a lot of fun to share some of this because it’s big detail that they wouldn’t know. Well, I just want everyone to know that the Genealogy and Local History Department is here for everyone.
We have resources that cover all 50 states, 24 different countries, we go back many many many decades. Every family is unique, and every name is unique, and every person is unique. But we’re willing to dig in to these questions and these families, so come on in.