One of my pet peeves is when someone reduces an ancestor to nothing more than a list of vital statistics. Even worse, “genealogists” who are nothing more than name collectors. Every one of your ancestors was a real person, had a real family and lived in a real community. They had friends and maybe even some enemies. They probably attended the local church. He or she had a personality, opinions, likes and dislikes. Their life was just important to them as your life is to you. Slow down! It isn’t a competition to see who can collect the most ancestors or who can get their pedigree back to Charlemagne. Take the time to get to know your ancestors.
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack has written a couple of books on how to put your ancestor in context and then write about it. What’s the point of doing research if you don’t write up what you find for others to read.
Right now I am working on a project where I am telling the story of a family for three generations and I have these two books by my side.
John Colletta is one of those genealogists that strives to tell the story of an ancestor. I was privileged to hear him lecture at IGHR a couple of years ago. He is very enthusiastic and animated when teaching researchers how to make an ancestor come to life. John really loves to tell a story. You can see a list of John’s publications HERE and his lectures HERE.
These two authors will help you look at your ancestors in a new way.
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