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Monday, September 23, 2013

Genealogy is the Cumulative Work of Many Lifetimes

Genealogy is the cumulative work of a lifetime
Finding the past of our families is perhaps the single-most important task that we will ever do.  Having not experienced the trials and growth of middle age, the youthful pup says "What do I care about the past?" Caring is working at helping someone else.  What drives the researcher (of anything) to keep digging?  Perhaps we only know ourselves from the view we see of a shallow world and from this perspective want to probe deeper into the past. Somewhere in the past, back there, we hope to find ourselves.  It is more than our having Aunt Mary's small ears, Uncle Bruce's hawk nose or the disposition of Uncle Joe.  If we could line them all up, their photos, that is, we will surely recognize all those traits (and then some) from the physical angle.  But so many ancesters were born before us and made their way through time, each leaving special legacies for us. Do we know this?  Take one famous fellow, Christopher Columbus, who felt that it was God's will that he travel the seas and discover new lands. Similiar reports were in the hearts of all people.  We come this way. We live. We do something and then something else.  And, after the long years of searching for answers of every description, finally, we ask "Who am I?"  I have a special love for genealogists, historians, archeologists, that scientists who prove the earth and scan the skies for dates and times.  The research is tedious and takes a life-time.  Although we will not uncover all the information, there are satisfying answers to many of our probes. Our ancestors left us so many talents and our search for them awakens a special knowledge of the past. Because, you see, we have to think and analyze.  And all of the work we see out the libraries, archives, books, pamphlets, photography and now the internet are the cumulative results of each researcher's lifetime.  Therefore, when someone shares genealogy with you, they are saying "I am sharing my life's work".  And we are working on these puzzles together. Think about it!

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  8. (Digitized Wills in counties of: Carter 1794-1830; Jefferson 1802-1810;Johnson 1839-1900;Unicoi 1878-1887; Washington 1779-1800)

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