I've started growing more and more curious about my family's history. Maybe it's getting older, maybe it's the trip to Philadelphia, maybe it's just long overdue. My G'ma (dad's mom) is amazing at record keeping and has a family tree that goes back to the late 1700s that she's shared with all of us. I remember her telling me stories about her grandfather's grandfather when I was a kid. It was (and still is) amazing to hear these things. However, I've not known much about my mom's side of the family until I recently sat down and started asking her about who people were and she laid out as much of it as she knew and could remember.
So now, I've been digging around the last week or so on Ancestry.com and there are many links to findagrave.com that are used as supporting documentation for identifying your ancestors. One of the most amazing things about findagrave.com is how many pictures they actually have. More than Ancestry.com even!
As I delve deeper into the history of the Lowery/Armstrong side of the family, I have just discovered that my 6th great grandmother, Kezziah (Ball) Gray, was born on May 10, 1790 in Lee County, VA. My own birthday was almost 200 years later. Her father was John Ball (7th great g'pa). John Ball was a cousin to George Washington.
On top of that, her husband was William Gray 1/10/1794-5/14/1864. William served with General William Henry Harrison (9th POTUS) at the Battle of Tippecanoe in the War of 1812. I have barely scratched the surface and I wish I had the time and money to keep digging into the records. Ancestry.com is not cheap, though. I'm just grateful for the 14 day free trial.
And now, off to discover some more cool stuff like this!