"My genealogy is all done." Because it's rarely true. Names and dates traced in a thin thread are just the beginning.What are your specific genealogical interests?
I care most about three aspects of genealogy: the fascinating stories you find close to home (like in interviews, diaries, and heirlooms); the process and ethics of writing personal and family history; and how genealogy can enrich our sense of self and our relationships with our living relatives.What got you into genealogy?
My parents spoon-fed me family stories from the time I was child -- including my own stories. These gave me a sense of who I am, and who our family was a generation ago, or two, or five. They roped me into their research as soon as I was old enough to crank a microfilm reader, read a headstone, and scan old newspapers for our family names. I think it was only natural that as soon as I had my own children, I went back to those old stories and began passing them along.Most surprising genealogical find:
That one branch of my husband's family in 1860 owned a fair-sized plantation and several enslaved people (including children). That was an unpleasant surprise. Interestingly, within a decade, a son of that formerly-wealthy family was working the dangerous, sooty coal mining railroads of West Virginia. That discovery actually felt kind of good, like he got what he deserved.If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?
I don't care so much about the historical greats; I think they get plenty of attention. I want to know about the daily, invisible lives of everyday people, especially the daily, invisible lives of women.
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