Friday, January 29, 2010
We Are Family Even If We're Still Not Yet Post Racial In America
Thought I'd change up a bit and post a topic to take our minds off of what's really going on around us. Sometimes it is nice to change up every once in a while and forget about politics, social issues, and other issues that face us today. It's sort of like a breathe of fresh air.
Today, I happen to run across an article stating that President Barack Obama and the newly elected Senator Scott Brown are related. That might come as a surprise to some people but not me. What people fail to realize is that if you dig back far enough and do a thorough job of it you'd be surprise who all is in your family tree; some might even be surprised to find out that we are all connected by blood some where down the line in the past. Some might even find out that they are not in the racial group that they believe they are in. I've witnessed many people leaving in shock, tears, and border line mental breakdown from genealogy respositories after finding out the truth about family. Those employed in genealogy respositories will tell you that it happens all the time.
Genealogy research has been a passionate hobby of mine since the late 1980s. It has been quite an adventure to me as well as an eye-opening learning experience. In my search, I've dugged through old dusty court house records, visited libraries, searched through thousands of census, military records, marriage, birth, death, and baptism records. My search has included combing through old newspapers, and every single record pertaining to genealogy. I've collected many pictures dating back to the 1800s of family members.
Doing genealogy research can be tedious at times,frustrating, painstaking, but it is rewarding. A person could learn about human behavior, customs, culture, history, politics, economics, anthropology, social science all wrapped in one big bundle. The many interesting discoveries along the way may stir up a variety of emotions that make for a good movie or book. Nevertheless, in the end, it is well worth all the time, money, frustration, and work put in to it.
“A man without history is like a tree without roots.”~~Marcus Garvey~~
There is also an old saying that a man without history is like a man without a soul. If you know where you come from, you know where your going. It is not a good thing
to let your family history die because without it you are like an endangered species that becomes extinct.
After searching my families history, I made quite a few shocking discoveries myself regarding who all is in my family tree. Nonetheless, I won't divulge that information in this topic because my cousins and I are working on a book. It's strange how genealogy can bring about some deep revelations,uncover deep dark secrets of the past, and is rich in history. Genealogy research will uncover some stunning truths regarding blood tie connections that tend to revolve into a circle from state to state with tangled up branches that entwine with each other. Not only that, those branches stretch out from the homes of the rich spilling into the homes of the poor,across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans into foreign countries, crosses color barriers, and nationalities.
It has been discovered that we all have one common ancestor in Africa, but what people fail to realize is that here in America that common ancestry still lingers on whether we like it or not or want to admit it or not.