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Monday, 4 April 2016

A-Z Blogging Challenge: C is for Curiosity

Just a reminder that this post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April and my theme is Essential Characteristics for Successful Genealogy.

As a beginning genealogist, I've been giving some thought to the "how and why" of this practice I've taken on.  What makes me think I'll be any good at?  What do I need to do/be to ensure that the people I'm researching ARE actually related to me?

And, so this list was born.

C is for Curiosity

Curiosity is probably the common denominator linking all those interested in genealogy and family history. Why else would we spend hours examining illegible documents for the teensiest bit of information about our families?  Curiosity got us started and curiosity keeps us going.

Maybe in previous times we would be called "sticky-beaks" or "nosey parkers" - but I prefer to think that we are just interested in the lives of those who've gone before us.  Hmm, that sounds much better!

What are your thoughts about my list so far?

See you tomorrow for the next item :-)


Saturday, 2 April 2016

A-Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Broad-Minded

Just a reminder that this post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April and my theme is Essential Characteristics for Successful Genealogy.

As a beginning genealogist, I've been giving some thought to the "how and why" of this practice I've taken on.  What makes me think I'll be any good at?  What do I need to do/be to ensure that the people I'm researching ARE actually related to me?

And, so this list was born.

B is for Broad-Minded

Now, I like to think that I'm naturally broad-minded.  And I think it's an essential characteristic for any genealogist.  Our ancestors are not necessarily who we imagine them to be, and when we unearth true stories of bigamy, domestic violence, criminal behaviours, and plain old boring-ness, we must be prepared to accept what we find.

Our ancestors lived in times very different from our own, with resources and capacities that again were very different from ours.  The choices they made and the lives they led are not ours to judge or condemn.

We can instead try to understand, and perhaps even learn from them.

See you tomorrow for the next item in my list :-)


Friday, 1 April 2016

A-Z Blogging Challenge: A is for Analytical

Just a reminder that this post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April and my theme is Essential Characteristics for Successful Genealogy.

As a beginning genealogist, I've been giving some thought to the "how and why" of this practice I've taken on.  What makes me think I'll be any good at?  What do I need to do/be to ensure that the people I'm researching ARE actually related to me?

And, so this list was born.  

A is for Analytical

Genealogists must be able to examine a document or story or photo, and make sense of it.  And I don't mean making sense by making up a story!  We must be able to analyse whatever is in front of us in a careful methodical way.  And we must be able to position the particular document or story or photo in the context of others we've found.  

There are, of course, loads of books, articles, websites, and blog posts aimed at teaching genealogists to become better analysts.  Some of the best can be found by visiting Cyndi's List - but be careful, you could be lost for weeks in the awesomeness of that website!

See you tomorrow for the next item in my list :-)