Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Fiddle Plays

Yippee! More genealogy added to Virginia Pioneers.net

Genealogists seem to dance to a special tune. "Where was John Smith in 1850?"  The recurrent themes of zeroing in on the ancestors is the driving force....to continue the search.  And it is worth it. Look at the benefits.  You can recall names, dates and places at the snap of the finger.  Also, over the years,  the brain got organized by places and certain eras of time.  For example, it is illogical to file all Smiths in the same department when they are better discovered by the time frame and place in which they resided.  If we do not categorize these people by the dates, we lose the ability to shuffle, divide and sub-divide.  That's arithmetic, folks.  Old photographs are examined with a discerning eye, with a keen observation to the hair-styles, dress and poses.  If you know one or two names in the photograph, the other people may be identified by examining census records and the ages of the children listed.  The old church and community also provides clues which assist the sorting going on in our brain.  Churchyards and the manner in which families were buried are very telling.  It the family plot is enclosed or fenced, that suggests that the family was in that community for many years.  The absence of children suggests the opposite.  Old maps reveal the presence of dirt roads and creeks.  But the generations and old relics get built upon and paved over.  The skeletal remains of King Richard III were found buried under a paved parking area.  Still, the search continues and the fiddle plays!  Find your ancestors now on Virginia Pioneers

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