Blame it on my wife Katie’s cousin, Carlo.
In summer 2008 I was between book projects and just coming off tour. Carlo invited me to join Geni.com, where he’d already been growing various branches of the Knutson tree.
My competitive juices being what they are — roiling, usually — I spent about a week diving into online census records, birth and death certificates, long-winded county histories, and the like, before burning out, all in the effort to add more family members, pictures and documents than Carlo. Mission accomplished!
Fast-forward to March 2010, and another writing trip that brought me home to Dover, OH. I thought it would be neat — if a touch macabre — to track down the final resting places of the relatives I’d spent those late nights discovering.
I spent a weekend tromping around old cemeteries, gazing at old houses and generally wanting to find out… more. Along the way, it occurred to me that maybe my family might want to learn what I’d been up to, and what I’d discovered.
This blog is my method for sharing what I’ve dug up — in a digestible way. My posts will focus heavily on stories, backed up by the tidbits I’ve retrieved in my document-diving.
I like stories… don’t you? Both sides of my family are pretty much known for them. Hopefully, this will be an outlet that spurs you to share your family stories, too.