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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: WHY DO I SEARCH?

I starting searching, in hopes of finding answers.
My mother and I had a very difficult relationship. Our relationship with her family (let's call them "the heathens") was rather curious.

She died suddenly, and I hoped that geneology research would help me find the "family secrets" that no one is willing to talk about.

I guess I still need "healing time" -- so, I began to research my Dad's family. What I've discovered is loving close-knit families. Families that helped each other, worked together, moved together -- always looking for a better life -- together. Don't get me wrong, they had "stuff" going on too. But, for the most part, they were O.K. people.

My Dad's mother and father came from very large families. They all moved north -- together. I had so many cousins -- even when they married into other families, they called the new family members "cousin."

Geneology research has helped me discover exactly who was related to whom. I knew my cousins -- all of them. Most of us lived in the same area. We played together, went to school and church together; babysat for each other; and visited each other on Sunday's after church.

I'm learning so much about history -- the stuff we were never taught in school. I'm preparing a history for my sons; I'm reconnecting with relatives I'd lost contact with and I'm meeting new ones. Why, I even discovered that I inherited my rather large eyes from my ggrandmother.

I work in a school district. I'm turning my research into a class project for our African American students. I observed that when the white children work on their family geneology for their culture project, our children ALWAYS pick something else.

As for "the heathens'" -- I may get to them someday. Right now, I'm enjoying a positive rewarding experience -- I'll be a life-long learner.

By the way, only a few of my cousins are interested in family history -- the others could give a care. Not to worry, I'm feeding my soul.

Diane

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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