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# Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Genealogy Matters
Posted by Diane

Here's some reading material for your coffee break: A post today on the Scientific American blog called I’m a Johnson from Wisconsin, and It is Pretty Cool

Neuroscientist-turned-journalist and genealogy buff Madeleine Johnson wrote about how she used a circular family tree chart of her own creation as a starting point to her roots research, and is searching for the story of a great-grandmother who died in an institution.

“Genealogy, distant and recent, gives meaning to personal and shared historical experience,” she writes.

Also check out another post and article she mentions: Going Dutch: I’m one of the Van Dusens of New Amsterdam. So what? in which Matthew Van Dusen says his illustrious ancestry—described in a New York Times article about New Amsterdam’s early settlers—doesn’t increase his own personal importance.

I have to agree with him there, but I do think it's neat to be related to someone you might read about in a history book (I'm not, that I know of). Of course, it's also gratifying to discover and honor the stories of "ordinary" folks in your tree. What do you think?


saving and sharing family history | Social History
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 5:17:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [3]
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:55:22 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Good reads! While I agree that our ancestors activities or lives do not define us,it is an awful lot of fun to be able to research using encyclopedias or history books (in-laws, not mine). Ultimately, though it's more fun to really dig for information.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 9:04:31 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Since, when it comes down to it, we are ALL related to someone royal or of historical note, that is not why finding ancestors is so rewarding for me. When ever I find more than just a date of an event regarding and ancestor--a story or reference that gives that name on my chart a hint of personality--it simply brings these real people closer to me.

I think it is a great equalizer to see what things happened to my ancestors and compare them to my life.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 12:53:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
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