Suitcase Full of Memories

Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time

Discovering The Past

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 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 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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This entry was posted on July 29, 2013 by in Genealogy, History and tagged , , , .


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