|A screen shot from my Legacy 8 database - I have redacted the month and day of my parent's births just because of identity theft and my Mom's death being fairly recent|
It will be one year, next month, since my mother died. Of course, I think about her all the time. But, this morning I looked at her entry in my Legacy 8 database and realized it was incomplete.
Not only did I not have her death certificate attached or cited, I didn’t even have it scanned in my digital folders.
Take a look at your own parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins and even spouses.
- Have you documented them the same way you would a great grandparent or granduncle etc?
- Have you cited all your sources and attached any images that pertain?
- Or, did you just enter the information because you knew it?
I believe it takes all of us a while to be able to go to someone close to us and document the cold, hard facts. At least that was true for me. I had entered her date & place of death and burial and even the cause of death. But, not the source citation that is necessary to complete the information.
This morning I completed that task. My Mom was 91 when she died. She didn’t have a good quality of life and had many ongoing health issues and daily pain. She had been in assisted living for the last 4 1/2 years of her life. We had so many conversations over the years. I interviewed her about her life. I asked a multitude of questions (she would say too many). I had her help me identify photos and peoples names. I shared my research with her, even though sometimes she wasn’t that interested.
Funny thing about the genealogy research. My grandmother, Florence Bowden Milne (my Mom’s mother), was a genealogist for most of her life. She left me copious quantities of information about our family. Of course I still have a LOT of unanswered questions. But, her information gave me a heck of a start.
I think the genealogy bug skipped a generation though, because my Mom had absolutely no interest. Sure, she would listen to me and answer my questions, when she was able to remember, but it wasn’t her favorite thing. Her statement to me a couple of times was “why in the world do you care about all these dead people?”
Genealogy research is either something you “get” or you don’t “get.” For those of us who do “get” it, we love finding those stories and chasing down those leads.
I am confident that I have documented and cited all the various entries for my Mom, my Dad, my sisters and my grandparents. Have you?
Let me know if you’ve discovered the same kind of thing in your tree.
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