Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to Discover Real History

Genealogies are an excellent vehicle to glean the true facts of past history.  We discover this history while tracing a particular ancestor's movements and discovering tendy migratory paths and such. During the mid 1700's many of the Scotch-Irish left Antrim, Ireland and settled around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The reason for enmass departure was religious intoleration. The word was that the Pennsylvanians were tolerant of all religious faiths, however they soon found that information to be rather false, so once again large colonies traversed the Shenandoah Mountains to settle temporarily in Augusta County, Virginia. However, by about 1800 they had moved on into Laurens and Chester Counties, South Carolina and finally into Georgia. Thus, the genealogist discovers the historical past through his own ancestors. There are many tales to tell. Your ancestor may not have be written up in history books, noonetheless they indeeded played a major role in shaping history. There is so much to learn! Every tracing has its own compelling story. Sitting in a history class will never provide realistic details. The first time I sat in a University's American History class, after having read dozens of documents, diaries and official correspondence complained about unfair northern tariffs and other mistreatment, I was shocked to hear that slavery was a primary reason given for the War Between the States. School books have their place, however, are misguiding so far as true historical accounts are concerned . It is the genealogist (not the reporter) who digs through all of the paper. Today, anyone who uses the well-biased media outlets to discover facts is quite aware of what I am speaking. The genealogist cannot afford to allow false facts to lead him down the merry path. He must discover the truth himself else chase the wind.

Jeannette Holland Austin, author of over 100 genealogy books
Virginia Pioneers

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