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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: WHY DO I SEARCH?
In Response To: Re: WHY DO I SEARCH? ()

I find that I tend to agree with everyone. Especially the thing about sisters and brothers getting together. It's sad how things have become. When I was growing up, my mother had six sisters and three brothers. Two of the sisters and brothers lived out of town. The others lived in the area. The only time I saw my cousins was at school or church. The ones that didn't go to school with us but lived in the area, we didn't even know their names. When the ones from out of town visited, there was no "get togethers". They visited each sibling separately!
A few years ago, because my grandmother was dying of cancer, one of my cousins decided to try and get a reunion of all her kids and grandkids. Our PARENTS fought the whole idea! We were shocked at their reaction to getting together for the very first time since their children had grown up and possibly the LAST time with their own mother. We, the cousins, couldn't understand why they would be so against it.
Well, that just made us all determined to do it anyway and it was a HUGE success, in spite of their objections. However, a LOT of things came out during this reunion that answered a lot of questions that we the cousins had wondered about as children. We also were able to UNDERSTAND WHY our parents had been like they were when we were children.
That made my mind up to do this research. I
WANTED to know and understand my mother more so that I could have a better relationship with her BEFORE she died instead of TRYING to remember something good about her AFTERWARDS. I must say that this research has really given me that.
Not more than three people in my family are interested either. It doesn't matter to me. I do it for me, because "I" want to know and understand. It never fails that when things come up, medical problems, situations that they don't understand, they CALL ME to reference my research in order to find out if "this has happened before in the family". I simply look it up and reply to them. It makes me feel good that I have something to "offer" my family whether they want it or not but especially when they need it!
GOD BLESS!
Lorine


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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