Many of us who love and labor over our family histories, ancestry, and genealogy do so from a home office. In my case, early in my career I worked ...
So I suggest that we never try and stay the same. We shouldn't try and go back to some older time. We must embrace change because change IS inevitable. At least to me, it is far better to acclimate to changes in the world than to be left in the dust of antiquated processes and thinking.
Welcome back! I am Scott Phillips of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services and this is the third in my series of four articles titled "Scott's Tips...
Hi everyone! This is edition number two of my four-part series on my 'Real World' tips for those of us who love and enjoy working on our family history, ancestry, and genealogy. My goal is to keep my tips easy and inexpensive!
If you have spent much time working on your family history and/or genealogy, then you know there is a popular saying as follows: "Genealogy without proof is mythology."
We all love to get tips on how to be better, more effective, efficient, etc. This is sure true for me when I am doing my genealogy and family history work. Unfortunately, I have found that often times the 'tips' are so involved, complex, and time consuming that if I followed them I would never have time to do any real work tracing my family, which is what I love the most!
I have come to believe there are some basic rules that Genealogy Societies and all nonprofits need to follow in order to be successful with their volunteers. In keeping with my earlier article, I've kept my suggestion list to just seven steps.
If you are a genealogy geek like me then you garner a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from your work on your family history, family tree, and/or genealogy.
In my biography on my Onward To Our Past® website you will see that I identify as a 'genealogical historian'. I personally believe these two disciplines go together like one of my favorite sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly.
It would be very easy to slip into depression and wallow in self pity, bringing everyone down, but I absolutely refuse to let Parkinson's get the upper hand. I find it far more worthwhile to remain cheery, which keeps me going; boosting my family's morale and all those around me.
My grandfather Jock Hume was a violinist in the Titanic's band, playing until the ship went down. He was 21. At 2:20 am, the last lifeboats long since gone, he joined 1,500 men, women and children in the sea, using his violin case for extra buoyancy. Half an hour later they were all dead from hypothermia.
When I was growing up my family had many wonderful Christmas traditions that were followed. As I have gotten ever deeper into my family history, I have come to understand, connect with, and love even more these cherished family traditions - and of course there are still others to fully understand.
In the 17th Century, the Christmas Mince Pies (yes, more meat...) were famous for having a little baby Jesus on the crust, which sounds rather nice, but was a horrifying act of blasphemous cannibalism in the eyes of Oliver Cromwell. It should be said, Olly was not a miserabilist most of the time, but he did feel Christmas was meant to be a period of holy reverence. Accordingly, he did away with it all, and even ordered the confiscation of Christmas dinners from people's tables. Strangely, attending church was also prohibited on Jesus' birthday, which seems a bit weird, even by his standards.