Genealogical Pursuits

file000114053890My stepmother’s hobby is genealogy. My father hates it; the last time I talked to him, he complained of their last road trip, of the visits to small town city halls and libraries where she pored for hours over moldy records and microfilm while he waited in the car with the dogs. When I was a kid we would stop at places while traveling between their house and my mother’s house so that she could research someone or other.

I respect her dedication to the pursuit. It’s not always easy, and it’s not always clean. I never knew that it was because she’s Mormon that she worked so hard at it. I didn’t know that was just another thing that she did, like keeping a year’s worth of food on hand. I mean, lots of people study their genealogy.

I think it’s interesting in itself, although not enough to go out and research my own family as actively as she does; that’s mostly because I’d have to leave the country to find out about my father’s side.

I haven’t thought about it in a long time, about researching for myself, that is. It seems more interesting now that I’m older than it used to. I think I’ll see what I can find online.

How much do you know about your family? Have you ever studied genealogy? Do you have any site recommendations?

3 Comments on “Genealogical Pursuits”

  1. abbiosbiston says:

    My dad is very interested in geneology and has drawn up his family tree all the way back to 17 something. I’m kind of interested but not enough to actually do loads of research. I guess it is quite interesting to see where we’ve come from especially in this current state of hate for immigrants in both the USA and Europe. I think with most people there’s a fairly good chance there are some migrants in their family tree. Maybe people would think differently if they knew that… I’ve gone on a tangent…

    • April says:

      I didn’t think about that. It’s not that great there anymore, is it? But no, most of the people I’ve met who are anti-immigrant would absolutely not change their mind over a long-dead distant relative or two. More than a great-grandparent doesn’t count for Americans. They’d probably want some pretty solid proof for even that. We had a pretty disgusting local incident recently with border patrol and a handful of illegal aliens. I should write about it.

  2. susieshy45 says:

    I would say I am interested in geneology- in fact most people of my community would be- we belong to a group called Syrian Christians and they like to tell tales about how far back their Christian faith went and when they were converted into the faith and how it happened. Most of our families have our family histories written down at least of a couple of centuries back( accurate or not). It would turn out that most of the families in our community are related though- goes to show there might be some inbreeding there. Have you read Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things- that book demonstrates our virtual obsession with geneologies.
    I admire your step mom and her persistence.

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