Saturday, 2 April 2016

A-Z Blogging Challenge: B is for Broad-Minded

Just a reminder that this post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge for April and my theme is Essential Characteristics for Successful Genealogy.

As a beginning genealogist, I've been giving some thought to the "how and why" of this practice I've taken on.  What makes me think I'll be any good at?  What do I need to do/be to ensure that the people I'm researching ARE actually related to me?

And, so this list was born.

B is for Broad-Minded

Now, I like to think that I'm naturally broad-minded.  And I think it's an essential characteristic for any genealogist.  Our ancestors are not necessarily who we imagine them to be, and when we unearth true stories of bigamy, domestic violence, criminal behaviours, and plain old boring-ness, we must be prepared to accept what we find.

Our ancestors lived in times very different from our own, with resources and capacities that again were very different from ours.  The choices they made and the lives they led are not ours to judge or condemn.

We can instead try to understand, and perhaps even learn from them.

See you tomorrow for the next item in my list :-)


  1. Totally agree...if you can't take the "heat" get out of the research "kitchen". Actually learning about our ancestors' lives and circumstances make us more tolerant, I like to think.

    A shame you weren't able to continue the series...maybe do it again next year, or if the month is too intense then you could do it as a weekly activity. I find it helpful to have each letter planned in advance then it's easier to write to...the sub-conscious probably works away at it in the meantime.

  2. Hi Pauleen, I'm just re-connecting with my blog after many months away! And so have only just found your comment. I'm sorry about that. Obviously, I didn't continue in 2017, but hope that I'll be able to do so this year, if you're running it again. And I do like the idea of weekly; it seems a bit less daunting for me :-) Hope you're well, and happy new year :-)