Hello. I have been researching my family history since 1998. It has been a long road and yet I know there is so much new ground to cover. It's exciting to me to see how my ancestors have lived, where they have come from, and occassionally a short story here and there as to what they did and how they experienced life. The branches of my tree are somewhat lopsided as some branches go so much further back than I could have imagined, and yet others stop me at dead ends within just a generation or two. It saddens me that so many records have been lost over the years due to fires, or families and cities not keeping up on their roots. For those that have kept records I am grateful.
Putting this puzzle together has been an incredible journey. As I am gathering new names, dates, and places that my ancestors have come from, I am also trying to locate data to verify some of the older branches that I have had for a while. Finding a new name, seeing a new photo, or just reading about a new story of someones life that contributed to my own existence blows my mind.
It's always been an amazing thought to know that at any given moment of history in time, whether you believe in evolution or the creation, there have always been at least two people on the earth that I am related to. It could be 1902, 1265, 80 a.d. or 3405 b.c. On any given day of the year of any year in the history of this planet, there are people that I come from.
Another thought that seems to inspire me is when I look at myself as one person among a population of billions that are on earth now. If I just go back to my parents, that number has increased to two, to my grand-parents that number increases to four, and as I take on step back in each generation that contributed to my tree that number doubles each time. Over a period of just a few hundred years there were at least 4032 people that were alive, that if they hadn't coupled up and had a baby, I wouldn't be here at this moment typing in my introduction to my family tree. So you can see that if going back only 12 generations (given 25 per couple to age and have a baby) This spans only 300 years. If the human population has been progressing for thousands of years. It's possible that at some point in time in history that every single person on the planet gave me life. If you truly think about it, it's sort of crazy.
I'm just glad that no one stepped on that butterfly.



Scott Alan Emerick Family Tree - of South Bend, Indiana, USA
Updated October 10, 2007

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