In 1999 a curious thing happened – I was bitten by the “genealogy bug!” As other victims might attest, you may not feel its effect immediately, but gradually over a period of time, you begin to experience the consequences. Fortunately, the result turned out to be fascinating and challenging.
As I embarked on this journey of seeking my roots, I realized my primary goal was more than merely satisfying my curiosity about my ancestors. I had the desire to pass on a legacy to my children and grandchildren. This meant my research would expand from “my family tree” to “our family tree” including my ancestors and those of my husband, Lloyd Koenning Croft.
Over the years, I have spent countless hours gathering information perusing family memorabilia, researching in the library and internet websites and communicating with fellow researchers. Even though my research was not complete, I made a decision in 2008 to begin writing narratives about our ancestors. This work inspired me to publish two family history books in 2014 and 2015 – Family Histories of Lloyd Ollie Croft and Gertrude Kathlena Koenning and Family Histories of Bennett Allen Nance and Archie Carlisle LeBus. The purpose of this blog is to share the content presented in these books.
Spending time delving into our family histories and verifying the facts is both interesting and challenging. As I look back on our ancestors lives and accomplishments, I see they were a strong and courageous lot. Life is so vastly different today that glimpsing into the lives they led is fascinating, and at times, beyond belief. Genealogy is certainly an eye-opening endeavor, and amid the facts and figures there is always the possibility of a surprise or two. Along with the surprises come a myriad of unanswered questions. It is my hope this family story will interest those who follow me so they will understand this is their story, too, and that they will be inspired to keep adding to and telling the story.
Lucy Ann Nance Croft