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10/17/2011 6 comment(s)
You’d have to know my melancholy temperament to fully understand the twisted logic of my head, but I’ll give it a shot at interpretation. I absolutely love researching family history. Mine as well as other people’s. In fact, few things make me happier, than the careful dissection of family history. My struggle has always been in sharing that research. Somehow I convinced myself that with the infinite amount of genea-bloggers, as well as the recent influx in sport-genealogists, my research was important and valuable-- only to me.

In walks Mr. Charles Johnson. Who is he, you ask? Mr. Johnson stumbled into my humble abode, Reconnected Roots and provided me with the swift motivational kick in the britches that I apparently needed. What did he do? He commented on a post I wrote almost 18 months ago about Major Charity Adams Earley. The comment caused me to reflect, and the reflecting brought me to a few conclusions.

Family historians, researchers and genealogists alike: You will never be able to predict how your writings and findings will affect others. You’ll never be able to know when something you wrote or researched and posted will help, motivate or encourage someone else, or even how many years or generations down the road it may be. It is not our job. If you are the family historian, it is your job to research and to share. Share openly with anyone who cares to read. You may get a comment, you may get no comments. You may...ok, you will...get some criticisms but in the end, the reward for accurate and careful genealogy is priceless.

To Mr. Johnson, thank you for taking the time to read my blog and to comment. For my other faithful readers, remind me from time to time to share some of the niblets I’ve uncovered. And to my fellow researchers, let’s all get back to the grindstone.

Until Next Time,


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