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Old 04-05-2021, 09:28 PM
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Location: Mars City
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If you have to ask, you're probably not going to get it anyway. It's just going to be noise and static.

Those who understand will "get it".
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:27 PM
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"Why am I into genealogy?" (Past tense) as have turned over all the rocks and gone down wrong roads to finally find family background on both paternal and maternal sides.
Initial and most difficult problem was paternal grandfather who could not recall his fathers given as he was shot and killed on a train. He (apparently) was showing too much money from sale of herd of cattle. After several years running that road, finally made connection and was able to trace that side back to mid 1500s.
Search for you will be interesting, terribly frustrating at times, tedious, and rewarding when corners are turned and new discoveries are made.
For example-it was found that one of the cousins was on the Mayflower, and a signor to The Mayflower Pact. The direct lineage came across 10 years later from Scotland VIA living in exile (The Netherlands) from the King of England church rule in 1636. Names can be changed and records can /were done phonetically(therefore misspelled) so process very much a process of elimination .Good Luck
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Old 05-16-2021, 01:37 PM
 
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If you have to ask, you're probably not going to get it anyway. It's just going to be noise and static.

Those who understand will "get it".
well said!
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:24 PM
 
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It seems a good number of people think they are special or blue blood if they find something similar to this: "it was found that one of the cousins was on the Mayflower, and a signor to The Mayflower Pact' which I find laughable and ludicrous, but it can be an interesting pastime for some, but also seems narcissistic for some.

History in all its forms is important, but I find dwelling on genealogy not to be necessarily worthwhile.
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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I've been doing genealogy for over 40 years and I love it. I traced my husband's kin back to Robert I (Robert the Bruce) so now he goes to Scottish festivals wearing a kilt lol. His family was easy to research, mine not so much. I'm 1/2 French Basque and 1/2 Scandinavian. About a decade ago I met a man online from Northern England whose Grandfather had been part of a rescue team who responded to a ship in distress, the ship was sinking and by the time they got to it the only survivor was my Norwegian Grandfather who was a 17 years old at the time. He saw my Grandfather's name on a site where I had posted my family tree and emailed me. The village were hosting a commemoration of the event and invited myself and my family to attend. We spent a week there and had an absolutely wonderful time. I still remain in contact with some of the people I met there. I've also met several relatives from France who I didn't even know about and have been to France twice to visit with them and will probably go back later this year.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:25 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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A large part of what we are is genetic, in my opinion.

So, I like to find out about the lifestyle and behavioral traits of my ancestors to understand myself better.
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Old 05-18-2021, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I just think it's cool to know more about the history of our families and ourselves - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I have an ancestor who sailed with Captain Cook on the Endeavor. He wasn't famous, he wasn't that important, but I love the one note next to his name in the log - "Wild and drinking." Heck yes.

I also love that my great grandmother used to carry pails of food to the men working in the fields, but she loved to read so much that since this was her only "alone" time, she would drape the pail handles over her arms, and walk the trail by memory, holding up a book and reading the whole way there and back. She wasn't rich or important either, but I absolutely love that image.

She also walked barefoot and I like that too.
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Old 05-18-2021, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I never knew my father so I think it more or less started there to try and find out more about him.. but I love history and the past so it does interest me..
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:42 PM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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It seems a good number of people think they are special or blue blood if they find something similar to this: "it was found that one of the cousins was on the Mayflower, and a signor to The Mayflower Pact' which I find laughable and ludicrous, but it can be an interesting pastime for some, but also seems narcissistic for some.

History in all its forms is important, but I find dwelling on genealogy not to be necessarily worthwhile.
Your impression of people thinking they are special or blue blood is probably a relic from the past. Before people had the ability to travel very far from home and most especially before the internet, those who knew their family histories were usually the rich. The rich could pay someone to hunt down ancestors.

So back then the few people who knew anything about their ancestry might brag about a Mayflower passenger or a connection to royalty or to a famous military hero and so on. Ordinary people who couldn't afford to pay a researcher were probably impressed by these connections and they had nothing to counter with. If they'd had a paid researcher they might have ended up having more kings and heroes and founding families than the rich.

Today, finding an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower can be a fun surprise but it's not the big deal that it used to be. There are an estimated 10 million Americans living today who descend from the Mayflower Pilgrims. It's relatively easy to trace your ancestry now that records are easily available online and people who find a connection to something or someone famous don't consider themselves superior. It was probably the case at one time, something to brag about, but things have changed.

This thread demonstrates the multitude of reasons people delve into their family's history and it's not usually about trying to find something to brag about or to make them feel superior to others.

You are correct in saying that it's an interesting pastime for some people but it's not very accurate to still think that very many genealogists are narcissistic. Read the thread if you want to know. We're digging into our family history for many different personal reasons--maybe part of it is just a remnant of the built in hunting instinct!
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Old 05-19-2021, 07:05 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Default Franklin's Voyage

This article, in the New York Times a day or two ago, focuses on genealogy. The fatal voyage of Franklin through the Canadian Arctic has long been a source of morbid fascination. This should interest readers of this thread.His Ship Vanished in the Arctic 176 Years Ago. DNA Has Offered a Clue.

For more see Northwest Passage - Sir John Franklin's Fatal Voyage.


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