I have always loved history. If I hadn’t been an English Major, I probably would have studied some kind of history. The thought of how generations of people before in some way shaped who I am because they shaped the people who shaped me…do you follow me?
Watching Downton Abbey, I sometimes find it fascinating. My Nana was born in 1920. Her mother would have been the same age as Lady Mary, maybe a little older and living in America. But still. To think about the Great Jazz age and how she lived during that time, I can’t help but wonder what that must have been like.
Then go back one more generation to her parents who worked in the mills of Fall River. What a life that must have been! Looking at the family bible, you can see the children who died from illness, the people who didn’t see their 50th birthday because things were just that hard. Life wasn’t easy. Yet, they were able to shape their children and raise their children in a way that was handed down in some form or another to me.
Going back another step, Canada during the early 1800s – what was that like? The War of 1812 – which side did they fight on? Were they even there? Or were they in France? What about the in-laws who were in Ireland. What were they doing then? What about my Polish ancestors? What were they doing in Poland, had they always been in Poland or did they come from somewhere else in Europe? Then there are the Italian relatives – how long were they in Italy. Can they be traced back to Ancient Rome?
Genealogy is a puzzle that reads like an exciting biography. Kind of a choose your own adventure type of book. You start out with the corner pieces of the puzzle but as you search and look for more puzzle pieces, this amazing story starts to unfold with each new piece. A new character introduced, a new story line added. It’s more than fascinating because when you get the character you then look at the setting. Where are these distant relatives located in history? What events did they live through. Were they involved in those events?
I am glad that the Husband has been slowly chipping away at the Daughter’s family tree. He has found some interesting things and it is really amazing how connected everyone is! Hopefully the Daughter will someday find it as interesting as I do!
This post is part of the June NaBloPoMo. This month’s theme is Roots. Today’s prompt was: Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a family tree constructed?