” Digging Up Bones”
I’ve spent quite some time “digging up bones” of our ancestors and I hope someday, someone, will care to do the same with mine. These people were real; their blood runs through our veins. They will always be part of us and I want to know them. This research will help us to understand who we are and where we came from. Studying history and our own family history should help us understand others and in turn make this a better place for our descendants. Some people say let the past die and live for today, but the past is any time before this very moment. Do these people want us to forget them and everything they did, even the things they think were special? Every family has a history that is uniquely theirs. Even if your cousin, aunt or whoever, researched part of your family tree, dig right in and add YOUR part. You will find interesting characters in your tree, some good or not so good, some famous or not so famous. Each one played their part in making you who you are. You may be the ancestor of a good or famous person someday. Sometimes we are told, “You are just like Aunt or Uncle So and So”. Let your tree branch out, even if that person didn’t have any children of their own, you may have more of their traits then you have from your own mother or father. This is like a treasure hunt that goes on and on. On my hunt I have made many new friends and what is even better, some of these friends turned out to be related to me. I hope ALL of you join me on this ancestral dig.
Librarian, Archivist, & Newsletter Editor
Ocean Springs Genealogical Society