In a hundred years anything you do will not matter, I had someone say this to me and although it is an easy answer in a lot of situations, is this really true?
Genealogy is one of my passions; I get myself lost in the research and really feel good once I find an answer to what I am looking for, although finding answers just make you want to find more.
I wouldn’t call myself a Genealogist, and what do you call someone who collects dead relatives, loves spending time walking through graveyards, gets a thrill at looking through old death certificates, and then puts the information together to get a feel for past lives.
My Great Grandmother is one of these, for the life of me I cannot find her parents anywhere, she was born in 1882 so with this said she is not on the 1880 census, she married my Great Grandfather in 1899 so on the 1900 census she is living with him.
The 1890 Census would be the perfect place to look. Right? Guess which census was lost in a fire in this area? Yes there is no 1890 census for the area I grew up in, Her death certificate gives the names of her parents but these names do not appear anywhere else.
This is a brick wall that I will break through one day.
Another is the Daughter of a 2nd Great Grand Uncle, all I have ever had is her name and birth year, for many years I have searched for information on her, a cousin came through a few days ago and gave me the name of the man this girl had married.
I actually found a newspaper article from June of 1906 that tells her story:
She married in December of 1905 and lived in an older home with her husband, they lived on the upper floor and another family lived downstairs, on the first day of June 1906 a fire erupted in the middle of the night.
A defective flue in the kitchen caused a fire to smolder and erupt about two in the morning, the family downstairs escaped but she and her husband didn’t, Their remains were gathered together, placed in the same coffin, and laid to rest in the church cemetery.
The family believes it was foul play and an investigation claims accidental death, there is no set answer still today, so better than a hundred years ago there is still a question.
Do answers to these two situations matter? I find myself getting so deep into these stories I feel like I actually knew these family members, looking into the faces of people who died many years before I was born tells me that after a hundred years, it still matters.
Do you collect Dead Relatives, and do you think our actions today will really matter in 100 years?