Friday, 17 July 2020

Everyone has a story

Randomly, I came across this definition. Unfortunately, a business already has the name Sonder, so I didn't want to tread on their toes. The term 'inherited craziness', however, jumped out at me and I doubt even my own relatives would disagree with that for a family history blog.

n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

Family history is all about learning the truth in those family stories.

It's helpful to me to note how and where I made discoveries - otherwise I'll soon forget. The same with methodology: I'll include notes on that so I can look back and remember how to do it and where to look. The memory is not what it was! There's the hope it will be helpful to someone else too.

Beyond that, the blog format was primarily a great way to keep, organise and cross-reference my own notes, where I could also include links, photos and other media quite simply. And, whilst I could still do all of that and make it private, i.e. only for my own use, it may be of interest to others. If I'm really lucky, a long Lost Cousin might find something relevant to them ...

If you're related to any of the people written about, I'm guessing you'll recognise them from the surnames. If you are, do please get in touch. Whilst I'm happy to share research, records, family trees, I won't do so publicly and only to vetted individuals. Depending who you are, I might tell you who I am, if you ask. That information isn't public to protect me, as well as other people who are still alive. And even if you aren't in any way related, I hope you will still enjoy or learn something from these as stand-alone stories.

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