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Are You My Cousin?: Before Computers....

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Before Computers....

I "met" a lovely woman recently by phone.  A mutual friend introduced us. She is in her 90's and has been a genealogist for many years. She's even written books on her family history.

All her research has been done without the computer.

She's spent many hours in archives and in courthouses.

She's spent many hours on the road.

She's met many people along the way.

She's come face to face with her ancestors when just stopping to ask for directions. (That was an amazing story!)

I'm inspired.  I'm getting out from in front of my computer and planning my next on-site courthouse research.

It's time to get dusty again.

How about you?



Blogger Lisa Swanson Ellam said...


I agree! While I love the convenience of researching from the comfort of my home there is NOTHING like touching and holding an actual document from the archives or the courthouse!


January 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Greta Koehl said...

As soon as I can save my pennies up for my next road trip, I'm outta here!

January 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I hear you, Greta! I am fortunate my ancestors did not migrate far. Most of those I currently research are easy day trips.

January 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM  

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