My daughter and I are taking a trip.

“Oh yes?” friends respond. “Where are you going?”

“Searching out cemeteries.” My answer gets strange looks.

This is the continuation of my addiction of searching out my genealogy. When my daughter said we should take a couple of days for a trip,we thought about California to visit friends and relatives, but that turned out to be expensive because of our lack of  early planning. So this will be a New York State cemetery and genealogical record road trip.

For several years I’ve searched for a connection between my second great grandfather Jacob B. Neff and earlier Neff residents of Montgomery County, New York, who came from Switzerland in the 1600s. Perhaps I can find some help on our trip.

Genealogy has become a hobby for some and obsession for others. Yes, I’ve spent hours on Ancestry.com. Every now and then I find something new. A year ago I drew a tree of seven generations with me at the bottom on one line. At the top are lines for 64 people. Only a few of them are filled in.

We intend to look for and visit the graves of some of those people who came before me and made me who I am today.

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