September 30th, 2010 at 10:44 am (Articles)
While watching television, have you seen the Ancestry.com commercials? They are informative and interesting.
I find their newest version is a hoot. Please take a few minutes to watch.
I am a person who enjoys humor in just about every part of my life so I try to look at this with a little humor and I hope you will too.
When helping patrons at the library or hosting a class, I always mention to the person(s) I am helping to remember our ancestors are only people just living their lives. You may find good, find bad, or be very surprised. This video clip is a great reminder to keep an open mind when working on your genealogy. There isn’t one person out there that hasn’t had a family member that was hiding something. We are all human and so were they.
Our ancestors have made us who we are today. We may not always approve of all that our family members have done, but we need to delve into the lives they lived and the time they lived. This is very important when understanding family member’s actions and mindset. Living conditions and standards were very different back in time.
Recently I was reading “A Candle in the Darkness” by Lynn Austin. Good book. It is set in the 1850’s to 1860’s during the Civil War. I was reading for pleasure, but in doing so, I learned a great deal about the people and their daily lives. I love historical fiction and nonfiction for just that reason, learning about the times and the people that lived in them.
Take the time to research and understand as much as you have time for.
Stop by your local library or look online. Good Luck!