MBH Great grandfather, father and aunt
Many people are obsessed with Genealogy, and spend a great deal of time digging up ancestors. I have tasted the fascination myself, although I haven’t had much time to spare for it for a while. Much Better Half and her sister, however, delve constantly and have come up with some really interesting connections and discoveries.
I thought I might, as I have done in the past, put in the occasional post on the subject. This one is addressed to everyone, whether the slightest bit interested in the family or not. In odd moments when the mood strikes, I urge you to jot down reminiscences, what you know about connections and ancestors, and family legends. Official and church etc records only go so far, and without the support of personal knowledge a great deal of information is going to be lost, even with the sophisticated records of today.
You and your kids may all not care a two-cent hoot – but will you feel that way in, say, twenty years’ time? Perhaps it might only be your grandchildren in later life who suddenly show a keen interest. A record like the one you will have compiled will be utterly valuable, and they will bless your memory for it. These days, screeds of information can all be stored on the tiniest memory stick.
We so regret not having asked more questions of our parents when they were alive. There were anecdotes which MBH listened to with half an ear, and now we would absolutely love to be able to get the full details. A case in point was when her maternal grandparents helped to hide Winston Churchill in a railway truck after his escape during the Boer War.
Some of the exploits of my father and his brothers found their way into articles and books, and it is great still to have copies of those. However, again, it is too late to ask for more details when I suddenly find I want to hear more. I know my dad had adventures in the BSAP in Rhodesia, and with flying during the war, but I never asked so he never told me. *small break while I kick myself*
Of course, if you really don’t need another distraction in your lives, go about the whole thing very cautiously to avoid getting sucked in. Don’t make any startling discoveries, because that might just end up with you well and truly hooked!
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