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About McGonigal/Beckendorf Ancestors
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Hello!  My name is Nancy Beckendorf McGonigal, genealogy is my passion and this  is my family history website!  This is a work in progress.  As I continue to  find family connections, I will update the site.  If you know any information  that should be changed or you would like something added please e-mail me at  the address above.

I dedicate this site and all my research to my grandmother, Dorothy Atwood  Beckendorf.  She began our family history long before the internet and  computers, and she had completed some fabulous research before she died in  1988.  She was a really classy lady, a wonderful homemaker, and a meticulous  researcher.  How I would love to sit down over coffee and talk to her today!   She would be amazed at the amount of information available to today's  genealogists.

I thoroughly enjoy researching those who came before me, and currently I have  an extreme interest in tracking down old family photos.  I just love looking at  them and noticing the genetic connections.  In the past few years my  research  has led me from the English family of Texas, to the Beckendorfs of Minnesota  and Oregon, to the McGonigals of Idaho, to the Kents of Iowa and Missouri, to  the Higgins of Colorado and Ireland,to the Haggartys of Canada and Montana and  to the Watts of Arizona and California, just to name a few.  This site has been  and will continue to be a collection of past history. I have made every attempt  to be as accurate as possible, but please inform me of any corrections that  need to be made. So, take a look at the pedigrees, charts, and names found  here.  And make sure you look in the photo albums, as I have recently added  quite a few new photos.  If you visit, please sign my guestbook!  Thanks for  visiting!

Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh and blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear Ancestor... the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.

- Author unknown

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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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