Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Knowing your milestones...the genealogist historian
My grandfather tells the story that in his father's lifetime the Wright brothers flew the first airplane and the first man landed on the Moon. In my own lifetime there has not been a man on the moon but there has been unmanned landing on Mars and the Internet as we know it was invented. Where my great grandfather grew up in a age of transpiration advances, I am growing older in an age of technological advances.
Being aware of the greater world and how it is changing adds depth to your genealogy. These things have a place in the narrative of your genealogy so the future generation can know what you experience. In a narrative in my grandfathers genealogy he writes a story of how his father remembers the streetlights being lit by hand every night in the city. As someone born after prevalence of home electricity and indoor plumbing, stories about how my relatives lived in before these things and found it normal, is fascinating. It makes me stop and appreciate the modern conveniences that I take for granted.
Your personal milestones only become apparent in hindsight. Technology develops over time. If my great grandfather heard about the Wright brothers first flight, he might have thought they did something interesting, but there is no way he could have possibly conceived that it would lead to modern air travel let alone a trip to the Moon. But all of those things happened as time passed.
Keep track of the modern world and how it is changing and note it in narratives in your genealogy so that future generations can look back and wonder how you ever survived without a flying car or your teleportation device to get to work in seconds.