Inspiration comes from the strangest places.
Over the weekend, I was reading a mystery book that had nothing to do with genealogy. I then read the line, “People live on in the stories we tell about them.”(1)
I stopped. And, thought, “This was it. This is the reason I do genealogy.”
Our Ancestors live through our stories. Family stories are selective and many times don’t tell the full story. Genealogical research helps us build the true stories of our ancestors and find those ancestors that are missing.
Through collecting and analyzing information we can remember all our ancestors, from the famous to the farmers.
(1) Cleland, Jane K. 2016. Glow of Death. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press. p 43