I’ve had a busy couple of months, and a busy six months ahead of me as Paul and I are getting married in March next year! Exciting times ahead and lots of things still to organise but we are making good progress.
Thinking about this reminds me of something Paul said to me a while ago about how when we were married, it meant our family trees could finally be joined up together. I really like how interested he is in the genealogy work that I do. I first started working on his tree many years ago when we were work colleagues. I was working on a couple of trees for people from work at the time. It has been great to come to know so much about his family way before we ever became a couple. I also really enjoyed printing out his tree to show to his two sons – pointing out certain people who had interesting stories – from their paternal great grandfather who was a Seaman Torpedoman in the Royal Navy during WWII, to their 15th x great grandfather Sir William Skeffington – former Lord Deputy of Ireland.
A few weeks ago I went with Paul to celebrate his eldest sister’s 50th birthday, and it was the first time I had met members of his family apart from his two sons. I got to meet his two sisters, their partners, some of their children and their partners and children and one of his half brothers. We all got on really well and it was nice to be made to feel like one of the family already.
It will be nice to join the two branches together, combine the years of research that has been done on both our families and I will enjoy changing my surname (again!) to Darby.
Thankfully applications like Family Tree Maker make merging trees a pretty easy thing to do, so it is not going to be some difficult drawn out process.
I’m utilising my project management skills for wedding organisation, luckily it is a very small group of people coming to the wedding, and it will all be quite relaxed and informal so there isn’t a massive amount of things to organise.
Already booked the venue, sorted out my flowers (as I’m making them all myself), got my dress and shoes, Paul has his suit, we have our wedding rings and are finalising details of guests and food choices.
Do you have yours and your spouse/partner’s trees together in one tree or do you keep them separate? Let me know!