I have been working on the genealogy of my Mother’s Father’s side of the family. I joined Ancestry.com for a month and found lots of information there. I also found mistakes but I was able to correct those. Anyway, I was able to go back 10 generations all the way to Chênehutte-Trèves-Cunault, Maine-et-Loire, France.
I consider myself a very thorough researcher. I don’t stop until I am certain the information I have found is correct. This means that it takes me quite a while to research even the smallest amount of information. This is the part that I like the most about genealogy, the search.
Last night I got on Google Earth and literally drove through the town. I am still so amazed that this is even possible. The following is a photo I took while traveling around.
Once I found the village I wanted to learn everything I could about it. I don’t just want to know that my ancestors were born there. I want to feel the place, understand it. Since I can’t actually go there for so many reasons the internet allows me to use my imagination and wits so that when I think of Chenehutte I will feel like I have a memory of being there.
The area surrounding Chenehutte is so full of history. To understand my village I need to understand the history of the village which isn’t so easy because I don’t speak French. All the websites that I am visiting so far about the history are in French so I have to copy and paste onto Google Translator.
Tonight I am going to try to discover if there is a cemetery in my village. I also want to find out if there are church records. I look forward to the evenings when I can do my research. I am so glad I quit those Facebook games or this wouldn’t be happening.
The Local Church
Another view of the town
The village is on this river, The Loire.