About

Hello!  My name is JaNelle.  I live in the middle of the U.S.  I raise kids, vegetables and chickens.  I am a lover of history, mysteries and puzzles.  I love old pictures and hearing stories of days gone by.  I think cemeteries should be park-like settings – with trees and benches.  I’m an introvert.  I don’t like asking a lot of questions of the living – it’s easier for me to talk to the dead.  Add all of that up and you get “genealogy”.

The Haphazard Genealogist

I started my journey into family history about 10 years ago.  My sister was getting married, and I decided that she needed a cookbook full of tried and true recipes.  I gathered trusted recipes from family and friends.  Then I decided we needed pictures of all of our grandmas in the book.  Then we needed pictures of their families.  Then I needed to find out more about my “Thompson” family that I really knew nothing about.  I stole borrowed a tub of family relics from my mother and bought a membership to Ancestry.com.  The rest is history.

I’m not a professional genealogist. Admittedly, I lack the self-discipline to be one. I am just an amateur – trying to get “it” together. However (holding up my right hand now), while on this journey, I pledge to do my best to note my sources and dot my citations in a coherent, yet unobtrusive manner.

What About This Blog?

Currently, I have two large Rubbermaid tubs of information and photos that I have collected over the years – in addition to information I have stored on my trusted computer.  My goal is to chronicle and share my family’s history and stories for future generations, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

I will be exploring various techniques to preserve family history – both my ancestors’ history and my own.   In addition to the stories, this blog will also serve as a personal journal – sharing my thoughts as I experiment in this realm.

Why “A Guthrie County Retrospect”?

The family tree – so many branches that stretch all over the world.  One thing they all have in common is Guthrie County, Iowa.  My family has been here for over 150 years.  I was raised in the city, but came home to raise my kids. Even when we move away, we always come home.  Guthrie County is home.

 

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