I started studying and researching my family's history many years ago, to be exact somewhere around forty years ago. By then I had moved out of my birth country and was living overseas. There was no internet either, so everything had to be conducted in writing via snail mail, a very slow process and extremely time consuming. It developed into a passion and once the internet was available, there was no stopping me. I loved genealogy, studying the history and how my ancestors survived so many hundreds of years ago. Europe was always war torn and countries changed, acquired other parts of Europe and lost them. But my passion stayed and when I discovered digital scrapping, I was in heaven. I just finished my autobiography, my very last page and it's only one part of all the knowledge I have gathered. I have been encouraged along the way by some like minded friends, and artists who have pushed me along when the enthusiasm sometimes faded. Not only has some of my work been published in various magazines including Somerset Memories and Somerset Studio, but I have had an unbelievable 'fan' mail from friends that I need to list as an appendix in the next volume. I have kept some of it when it finally dawned on me that I would be indeed writing and here is one particular encouragement that I have kept in my 'box'.