I have my own opinion about draft dodgers, but I didn’t have to walk in their shoes, so it’s not my place to say one way or another. The fact is, we are all human beings and all in need of the same courtesies, unconditional love that we want for ourselves.
But, this story is not about that, it is about life itself:
DNA test produces surprise and new family ties.
I was reading the paper this morning, [what else to do on an early morning at a hotel], and as I thumbed through the sports page, here was the “>continued from 1c” part to the title above. I went back to the page, 1c, and began to read why there would be a DNA test results in the sports section. I was surprised to read the unfolding story that began in 1947. Earlier really, as far as life stories go. If a certain young man had not chosen a career in baseball, none of this story would even exist.
I don’t want to give away the story with it’s twists and turns, and surprises of its own, please read it for yourself. It’s about adoption and not having the desire to find birth parents, because the adoptive parents were exactly that, parents. It’s about a doctor stating, You need to find out your family medical history. It’s about a life that began, but ended before it could be born. It’s about lives connecting that didn’t even know each other existed. It’s about …an epic love letter. It’s about more than all of this.
“God knows it hurts to let go, though,” the letter ends. “My thoughts and love will be with you three forever. Take care.”
And, it’s not the three you might assume.
This is one read you need to read it for yourself, here:
USA TODAY, Thursday, June 15, 2017
pages 1c and 4c
Titled – Major league revelation
[you will have to click to go to the right page and then grab the article and scroll up to read it]
Is your email full of helpful resources? Are you utilizing the plethora of genealogical resources available to the world, to you?
Wow, that would be an accomplishment!
There is too much information that it would overload any one person if they had all of it in your face everyday!
What to do? I am going to just give you a few insights that I have showing up daily in my email, that I don’t use every day of the year, but they are there to remind me that help is only a click away…so to speak.
Family Tree University – classes to learn more
Family Tree Magazine – suggestions and helps
GenealogyBank.com more info to help out
Fold3.com good history help
TheGenelogist more history
Archives – lots of informaiotn
Historical Society of …[you can enter your own place here] – this is a specific Historical Society of a place that my ancestors lived. They have lots of information about my family. I support them even though they are clear across the nation, because, they are caretakers of my and others family histories/documents/photos/items and I want to see they stay in business.If not for my family, for others. They are VERY (yes I am shouting how important they are, because they are very important) to anyone that wants to find out about their family.
A Historical Society has many helpful resources and insight. Use them!
S&N Genealogy Supplies – always helpful
World Vital Records – yes they have them
Ancestry.com – good to keep up with what is happening specific to my family lines and my cousins
and then there are a few that are specific to people who email me at least once a month.
Just a few to help you along, there are many more that may be more specific to your family, some specific to your country of origin, your state, your province, your area, your county, your city or town or village. Search them out to get some ‘reminders’ that are visible to you each week. Even if you don’t actively use them daily, the reminders are there to let you know you are not alone on this journey.
This is a short blog this morning.
Why choose one over the other? What does each offer? What is best for the research I am after? Perhaps I should use both, but who can afford that?
Why choose one over the other?
This depends on the next two Questions. What do they offer and what are you looking for?
a student or writer of history;
: a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families
Now a Family Historian could give you the history of your family, the stories and the history behind your family.
A Genealogist could give you the names and dates , the facts and figures and places.
However, they can work together, gathering their research and that brings us to the last question – Perhaps both are the best way to go.
What are you after, who are you searching, why are you searching for that information? These are questions you need to ask and answer before you choose one or the other, or both. Get detailed in your answers.This will help you make the best choice.
Because, the next question you ask, is how much can I afford to spend on either one, or on both. Should you use a Genealogist first to get as much info as you can, then use an historian to get the stories behind that information? This will put your cost out over time. Maybe you need it soon and so you hire both, but give them specific search guidelines.
A Little Gem for you:
Remember to start with what you know. Write it out. Ask yourself questions about the person or event or ??? whatever it is you want researched. See what you can find out yourself about it. Ask yourself questions again to make sure you know what you are after and when you think you have gotten as far as you can get, then find a Family Historian and a Genealogist and give them the info you are seeking for and ask them what they can do for you to help you get your answers.