One of the joys of family research for me is how much I’m learning about history … especially that which touched the lives of my ancestors and those around them. One way I learn is by reading books that might otherwise not have captured my attention if something in the family history hadn’t sparked my curiosity. The books offer insights into the religious, cultural, and economic forces that motivated people in certain times and places.
Sometimes the books are fairly obscure, out of print, hard to find, and relate to a relatively small population that includes my own ancestors — I am especially grateful to find these. Sometimes the books address history more broadly and relate to a larger number of people. Some I find in the library, some I borrow, some are freely available online, and some I buy … either out of necessity or because I enjoy having them at hand. Sometimes my books sit on a shelf and sometimes on an electronic device. Always, when the books are carefully chosen, I’m intrigued and ultimately gratified to gain a deeper understanding of our ancestors’ lives, adding context to the names and dates of isolated records. I’ll be posting about certain books here from time to time, and I’ve set up a goodreads account devoted exclusively to my interest in family history and genealogy. The list is just getting started, but I expect it to grow. A link to the list also will remain in right hand column of this blog … just under the “word cloud.”
Thankful Thursday is a weekly prompt from Geneabloggers that encourages family history bloggers to post about a person, resource, or family history tool that has had a positive impact on their lives.