From ghosts to ancestors

P1000794People undertake family history research for different reasons. Some, perhaps, to preserve treasured memories. Some, as a journey of discovery. Some, to resolve mysteries.

I grew up knowing my ancestors in what felt like a two-dimensional way. They existed in pictures, occasionally in conversation, but there seemed to be no life animating them.

Perhaps one of the most exciting experiences is for a two-dimensional picture in an album, or on a wall slowly to start to turn into a three-dimensional human being. Discoveries, conversations, connections start to give bones and flesh, voice and breath to a previously lifeless face and body. This has started to happen with mine.

 

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