New memories = new ornament. Almost four years ago I started writing under the name Apple. The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree is an expression my sister and I use when we kid each other about becoming more and more like our Mom as we age. It seemed appropriate for a genealogy blog, which was my original intent. I planned to jot down some family history in the hopes that one day my kids would show some interest. It became something else. I was able to share ideas and get tips as I struggled to start a garden. I had an outlet for my work related thoughts and frustrations. Genealogy was lost in my day to day ramblings.
So when I discovered the COG, I started Apple's Tree just for genealogy and the dividends have been huge! I've made progress on my family tree but more importantly for me, I've made friends and have gotten to know many know so many of you through your writing.
I've been criticized for using Apple rather than my real name but I think it suits me. For anyone that really feels they need to know my real name, well, I've written enough here that it should be relatively easy for a genealogist to figure out.
This series originally appeared in 2006 at The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree. Some posts have been updated, others replaced.