Written by Patricia Hobbs Patricia Hobbs
Created: 21 April 2008 21 April 2008
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I'm a member of New England Historic Genealogical Society
and today received an issue of the publication sent to members. In one article one of the directors in NEHGS tells how she enjoys hearing how people get into genealogy. She tells one man's story of the influence his father had been in sparking his interest. His father lost many family members and subsequently this caused the desire to learn more about his family. The son remembers his father working at the kitchen table at night typing notes onto three-ring sheets. But this is the fun part (My Children, take note.)
"My father planned so many family trips around his research," Bob recalled, that "until I was a teenager, I assumed everyone's vacation included a visit to a cemetery."
Don't they??? Too funny! And I do think it's interesting--and I tell this to people who wonder if my kids are interested in genealogy, too--that when we went to Harper's Ferry for its historical interest, my kids asked if we were going to go to the cemetery there. Harper's Ferry is a town built into a rocky hillside and the cemetery is at the top! I told the kids, "Well we don't have anyone buried here." And they wanted to go anyway. They did think it fun to find Mr. Harper buried there, although my recollection is that he either died soon after arriving there. Even though we visited purely for historical reasons (although certainly the case could easily be made that genealogy would also be "historical reasons"), there is a place in the town section that is marked as being the location of the store where Meriwether Lewis purchased some items for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. We are related to Meriwether Lewis, although I don't know exactly what cousin and how many times removed we are because I don't have him entered into my genealogy program.