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After I left home and started my own family with Deb, my father gave me a very precious gift--our family Bible. This Bible had been handed down to him by his father from his father's father and it was now my turn to preserve our family heritage. At first I just said thanks and put it away figuring I'd look it over some day. A few years later I pulled out this Bible and began combing the contents over and over again. It contained funeral announcements and flowers pressed between the pages, meticulously folded newspaper clippings, photographs and original letters and telegrams that my ancestors wanted to remember in our family history. The more I read, the more interested I became. I discovered bits and pieces between the pages that gave me glimpses of the lives of people who I had never known, yet were related to me. Along with the Bible my dad gave me I also found some work he did on our family history. I wanted to learn more and I was hooked. Thus began my genealogical trek. I, like millions of others, have a job and family that consumes much of my time. But my free time is now spent researching and conversing with some of the nicest people I have ever known or met, fellow family historians.

 

The feeling of discovering something new is a great experience. There have been times when researching my family history that I've been overjoyed, discouraged, surprised, disillusioned and utterly and totally confused. And the hearty (and often heart-felt) thanks that I get when I share my discoveries with others always outweighs all these feelings.

 

Your research into your family history can be an exciting and rewarding experience as well. If you love to solve mysteries or enjoy reading and studying our country's history, you'll find genealogy a great experience. Genealogy and the study of family history is the most popular hobby today, with over 60 million people practicing it. You'd be surprised who participates in this hobby. The preconception used to be that this hobby was only for little gray-haired widows or widowers with little else to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Genealogy is for everyone and anyone interested in their family's rich past.


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Deb & Jim at Ironman Florida 2007

Text Box: Click here to go to the Janus Charity Challenge site and you can donate to this worthy cause. Click on ‘find athlete’ on that page and type in my name. It’ll take you to our web page for Mended Hearts!

Click the play arrow to see Jim’s YouTube® Ironman Florida finish to the swim. (Ironman races are 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (a marathon) all in less than 17 hours).

 

I have the distinction of MISSING the swim cutoff of 2 hours 20 minutes to swim 2.4 miles in the Gulf by doing it in 2 hours 20 minutes and 46 seconds. It was that close.

Text Box: I am raising funds through my participation in the Ford Ironman Florida race (2.4 mi. swim, 112 mi. bike, 26.2 mi. run) Nov. 1, 2008.

Through the Janus Charity Challenge Deb and I want to raise $25,000 for Mended Hearts Inc. Go to the Janus site (listed below) to help a truly worthy cause. AND, check out MendedHearts.org at their website to learn more about them. They’re fantastic.