This afternoon Katie called me up to announce that she had started tracing our family tree online and had worked her way backwards to France in the 1600s. I could hardly wait to get to a computer.
It is amazingly addicting to sit down and begin travelling through the family heritage. I feel like I need a machete to whack my way through all the census data, military records, and government information, but it is kind of fun.
I keep wondering, though, who were these people? Why did they come to America? What stories did they tell? What made them laugh?
These relatives of mine lived through time periods that I only read about in my history classes. But that’s what history is, it’s just ordinary people living their lives.
It makes you think…