Photo below is me about age two and my dear Grandpa Vernon and sweet Aunt Bonnie on a picnic in the mountains near Beaver, Utah.
Well, we are half way through the month and I just realized from reading a Genealogy Corner column that October is Family History Month. And wouldn't you know Utah's senator Orrin Hatch was responsible for its creation back in 2001 in the US Senate. His resolution pointed out that... millions of Americans are researching the history of their families. Genealogy is the second most popular hobby next to gardening. With the advent of the Internet, there has been an explosion of interest in family history. Essentially we are all immigrants to this country. Our ancestors came from different parts of the globe. By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family. I encourage all people across this nation to find out more about where they came from.
Want an easy start? Do a google search for one of your grandparents or ancestors...i.e. "John Lemmon" 1780 NC. Put their first and last name in quotes. If you don't know your grandparents first and last or maiden name, birthdate and place-you should. Look for an old obituary or ask your parents if they are still living. Then see what results you get. You may find a history or information about this person and perhaps a photo. More importantly you might make contact with what I call an "Internet cousin" who shares the same ancestry. Give it a try and report what happens in a comment. If Google search doesn't work, try www.familysearch.org the LDS Church's genealogy website. It's amazing. I found tons there on Caryn's ancestors. See comments below for info.