I have often wondered what my ancestors would make of my efforts to trace their lives and document it on this blog. I don’t think they would have been so keen having their dirty laundry aired in public, and I am sure they would probably be surprised that I had so much spare time on my hands.
Anyway I digress. According to three of my fellow bloggers, Jenny at Blame Grandma, Evelyn at A Canadian Family and Marian at Climbing My Family Tree my blog is Ancestor Approved. Thank you all for the honour.
Now I am supposed to list ten things I have learned about any of my ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened me, and also pass the award to ten other bloggers who I feel are doing their ancestors proud.
Rather than duplicate the award, I won’t be passing it on, most (if not all) of the blogs I follow have already received the award anyway. It goes without saying that anyone who blogs about their ancestors is doing their ancestors proud.
To be honest I am finding it hard to list ten things that have surprised, humbled or enlightened about specific ancestors, so I have gone for a generic answer instead.
Surprised – that my ancestors actually had interesting lives. When I started researching I never thought I would find anything interesting that happened in my family tree. Sometimes I am right and it is the apparent normality that is interesting, but normally they have done something that has been interesting, it just takes some time to find out what it was.
Humbled – that my ancestors put me to shame with what they had to live through and cope with (such as two World Wars, high infant mortality and disease) and what they lived without (such as electricity, mains water and the National Health Service). I know it is a cliché but we really don’t know we are born.
Enlightened – by the lives of all my ancestors. Family history research is more than just names, dates and places. It is about what happened to your ancestors, what they did for a living, the battles they fought, and everything else that they experienced. My ancestors have lead me into learning about all sorts of subjects that I would never encountered without them.