So in the idea of continuing to catch everyone up on my life, I am trying to let everyone know about my recent obsessions. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finding out about my family history is very important. We believe that families should be connected as it says in the Old Testament (see Malachi 4:6). So one day, I got on familysearch.org which is the LDS version of ancestry.com. It is free and open to everyone. I can put myself in and my whole family. I started looking for someone we didn't know anything about. My aunt and grandmother have done a lot to add to what we know about our family.
In my looking around, I found my fourth-great grandparents--Jacob Dresback and his wife Catherine Hoy. (Hence D is for Dresback) They had a daughter named Olive along with my third-great grandmother. All we knew was that Olive was born in 1840. We didn't know anything else about her. So she became my focus. As I started looking for her, it expanded into a huge Dresback family search (which is sometimes spelled Dresbach). I found a lot of Olive's brothers and sisters--and their spouses and their children.
Eventually I got a trial period of ancestry.com to figure out what that had. I love how it is set up with the collaboration. Both FamilySearch and Ancestry have great advantages. Through Ancestry I started to add details to their lives--where they lived when etc. This is a great advantage to Ancestry. FamilySearch is great in that I don't usually have to approve hints--if the person is in the system they just come with their links.
It was a bittersweet day when I finally found Olive. Through ancestry's find a grave connections, I figured out that she died after she was only a year or so old. It was great to finally find her--my inspiration for this mission. But I was sad to find out that she died so quickly. I had kind of guessed that as I learned more about the family overall, but I had been hoping I was wrong. She never had the chance to have a full life. But now she has a connection to someone--and I really do want to make a trip to Ohio someday and visit her grave.