In our hurry to find the answer to our research questions we, as genealogists and family historians, sometimes forget about history.
Which seems kind of funny.
But what I mean is that while trying to reconstruct our family's history, we forget that our ancestors were not living in a bubble. Certainly, they were making their own history, but they were a part of a bigger history as well -- in their neighborhoods, in their towns, in their regions, in their countries, and in their world.
And genealogists who have been around the block a few times know this. That's why you'll see them consulting things like county histories, social history books, newspapers, and the like to gain more knowledge about the time and place a person lived which invariably leads to more research clues and avenues to investigate.
To get you in the groove of thinking about history for genealogy and family history here's a list of 5 posts I've read recently that are history-based. Some are just an image that made me think. Some are outrageous. Some are mildly entertaining. And some horrific. Why not? It's the weekend. Let's mix it up, shall we? And maybe it will inspire you to research or perhaps blog about your ancestors in a different way. Let's put the history back into family history and genealogy. Or maybe you just like history in general. I dunno. But? It's History Saturday for Genealogy.
5 History-Related Posts that Caught My Eye This Week
7/1/2013 03:23:19 pm
These history-related stories each have an element of mystery-- unraveling secrets and piecing together the truth. (Except for the teeth story!) History gives them that interest -- trying to find out what really happened. Which is the same as trying to find out our ancestor's real context and environment. I like these posts!
7/13/2013 12:51:59 pm
I"m glad you liked them, Mariann. I read posts like these every day, and they always get my mind thinking about my own family tree and the mysteries that still need to be solved. So I thought I'd share them and perhaps get others thinking about their own family tree mysteries.
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