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.