Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
Understanding history is like working a big jigsaw puzzle without looking at the cover of the box. (My father deemed that cheating!) For the past several years I have teased out clues from photos, manuscripts, family histories and microfilm. I’ve pulled on threads of family lore until they were proven, debunked, or set aside as being too thick a brick wall for me to move through at the moment. My Ancestry.com tree has gone from a habit to a near-obsession as I search for people who know my people. And yes, I’ve been cleaning up as I go since my first months searching on Ancestry.com was like hunting fish in a barrel. I am embarrassed to say I accepted other people’s tree information without verification. So I have in my trees those mothers who are born after their children were born, and I have those fathers who died before they were even born.
I’m much more discriminating now about what I accept. My policy is to include only information that I can verify with a source and that seems to be working for me. I have much less to untangle every time I go back to my tree.
Family history is more than names and dates and places. Family history is just that: history made personal because it happened to me and my family. It is my history.
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