30803Re: [S-R] Thougts from Bill Tarkulich
- Oct 31, 2011Your detailed, organized tutorials and tireless encouragement have
enabled me to find records I never dreamed of locating. Your
dedication is more than appreciated.
On Oct 31, 2011, at 1:52 PM, Bill Tarkulich wrote:
> Thank you for all the unexpected accolades. That is very thoughtful
> of you
> When I began my quest, it became very apparent that we were breaking
> ground. The eastern block had disintegrated, the people were able to
> their voice and reach out beyond their boundaries, the Mormons
> quickly made
> inroads to the archives, online maps, translations, and the always
> task of village identification became easier.
> Tying together disparate sources, and providing a sensible research
> methodology became my passion. Not much annoys me. "Cherry picking" by
> aliens who beam down, who have no interest in dedicating the
> necessary time,
> and want to ask for the silver bullet from you and me, well, that
> does. For
> those people, please hire a professional to do the work.
> Second. Every family is different, every journey is unique and thus
> research path is different. This is why I refuse to do research for an
> individual. If that's what you want, go hire someone.
> Third, lucky for us, most of our research sources are free and readily
> available. Only a few short years ago, we trudged to the local F?HL
> rolled through microfilm for days. Today's researchers have it so much
> Fourth, is to encourage and encounter every researcher that they can
> do it
> themselves. It takes a lot of time, a lot of perseverance and a
> approach to win this game. Dead-ends are common. Confusing and
> contradictory evidence is common. Patience. It can take years, but
> eventually things will click. It's a jigsaw puzzle. For those who
> to drop names and run, it's darts.
> If nothing more is said, these are the underlying tenets of genealogy
> I am very pleased to see that each and every one of you recognizes
> the value
> of this approach and can (or will be able to) produce their own
> success as
> evidence. This is not snake-oil. It's hard work. I am very pleased
> to see
> that this strategy is communicated to others. For those who feel
> they may
> have little to offer, you do NOT! The group gently corrects each
> other and
> everyone benefits from every discussion, small and wide. Don't feel
> about something that you think has been discussed before. This is
> I have learned more from you than you from me. I have had the
> fortune to
> recognize the big picture quite early in my journey. Each and every
> one of
> you has provided something that benefits me, and all of us. From your
> questions (from which I learn how to benefit) to your discoveries
> (which I
> continually add to my web pages) to your strategies, all tied
> together shows
> the power of many. I am very thankful that with these discussion
> groups, we
> can communicate around the world, finding that missing puzzle piece.
> The discourse is civil, it is helpful, it is understanding and
> Three cheers to you all.
> My reward is seeing others connect to their lost heritage. The first
> time I
> saw my family's surname is the legend is a day I will never, never
> I saw writing that probably had not been viewed for 100, 200 and
> even 300
> years describing the births, marriages and death of my ancestors. It
> empowered me to travel there and meet my cousins. I had come home.
> When I
> wrote my first essay 10 years ago, it was named "Full Circle". Just as
> relevant today as it ever ways.
> Keep helping each other. You owe it to them as they owe it to you. I
> you all success in your journey. Put some wood in the fire, grow some
> vegetables, walk to church. Continue your life long journey.
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