If only I had taken an interest in genealogy earlier in life.
If only I had taken up this genealogical passion just five years earlier than I did.
I know many who began their genealogical journey as teens. Inspiration came early for these lucky genealogists. For me, it took awhile. Entrance into the genealogical world was delayed for many pointless reasons. As a result, I missed out on a wealth of stories and information from my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, my great aunts and great uncles. If only I knew then, what I know now.
If I may offer up one piece of advice to anyone interested in family history, it would be this.
Don't procrastinate for time works against your loved ones. Memory loss robs the elderly of their stories. Names, dates, places and stories all disappear when grandparents or parents pass on.
So, just go for it for there is no time like the present!
It's time to roll up your sleeves and start asking questions.
Most of all, enjoy the relationship you build with your relatives!