To be remembered

Last month’s column received a lot of interest. I hope to continue to get more people researching their family history.

 

by Bob Maynard

The Pipestone Flyer

Last month’s column received a lot of interest.  I hope to continue to get more people researching their family history.  Richard Scott said, “To be remembered is to not be forgotten.”

We have ancestors who never thought about being ancestors.  They just thought about daily life and how to survive. So sometimes we have research problems.

All researchers have made a discovery that have transformed the unknown into the known and that is exhilarating. To be able to bridge the gap between then and now is what the quest is all about.

Do we know how to become and  prepare to be an ancestor?  How researchable will I be?  Can I leave a trail that someday someone will be able to follow?   My family may not want all the diaries, journals, letters and boxed up photo albums but they are already for someone  who may want them.  I want to be known and have a story to tell.

You will need to devise a system that works for you. Learning new skills and sharing them is part of the journey. Help is available and that is where the Millet Library comes in as they have a great many books on family history and a group of people prepared to help out in your research. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Library.

Happy researching until next month.

Bob Maynard is a local historian and genealogist, and will be writing a monthly column about the topic in The Leduc/Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

 

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