Do you know why finding a new piece of family history is so exciting? Maybe it's just the success of locating an elusive, hidden fact. Maybe it's completing that quest, getting a step closer to making the pieces all fit. Or just perhaps it's the connection to someone in our past that's personal. After all, they are who we are. I think it's all of the above. Digging into our family history to find what our ancestors were like, where they lived and what kind of experiences they went through in their lives satisfies a curiosity and completes a picture.
I know one thing
for sure. The challenge of finding those pieces of the family history
puzzle draws me deeper into the mystery. As I complete a portion of the
challenge, I write that chapter. Then I want to learn more. The
searching is also a good deal of the enjoyment, since there are people
you already know and those you meet who become important parts of the
trip. Some contribute their knowledge or recollections, others share in
the excitement, and some are new cousins who would never have crossed
paths if not for a common interest in a third great grandparent.
What is it about those Ancestors? It's success. It's personal. It's curiosity. It's Who We Are.