Re: [S-R] Lack of Interest in family history - YOU are now the historian!
- I just hope you are not going anywhere soon Bill!
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, CasperVeth@... wrote:
> Wow - well said, Bill! You nailed it for the rest of us "historians."
> Ray Veth - Middletown, NJ
> In a message dated 4/5/2010 9:02:57 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> bill.tarkulich@... writes:
> I've reformulated this discussion because the title quite a bit off
> original topic
> Re: [S-R] SURNAMES-WachtenheiRe: [S-R] Re: [S-R] SUR
> and I'd like to draw attention to the hundreds of readers who may have
> elected to ignore the thread.
> What Helene says rings true, I'll add one more story. I stayed in my
> villages of Zboj and Nova Sedlica for two weeks, spending the days and
> meeting and speaking with dozens and dozens of family and "relatives"
> sort or another.
> What struck me at first, was that I seemed to know A LOT more about
> family than anyone I met.
> After about a week, I politely asked one of the elders why they never
> wrote these things down or knew much about their family history. The
> quite telling. "Because we are surrounded by our family and our
> There is no need."
> I left behind a small stack of paper including photographs which
> family trees, history, and copies of church books. Never since that
> did I receive any inquiry or comment on this material.
> Only the photographs were of interest. "Yes, I can see we are related
> look at that face."
> Coming back to the US, that kind of bothered me, but I assumed they
> too busy working to engage in such idle-time frivolity. Since that
> I've slightly adjusted my perspective. It seems, that regardless what
> we live in, history of most sorts is disregarded. The essential
> seems to be, "How can this information help me live my life today?"
> the most part, it does not.
> On both sides of the ocean, I slam into privacy concerns all the time.
> seems to fall into two camps. The first is that it's going to get into
> sinister hands that will use the lineage information against them. The
> is that "He must want something. Why is this guy fishing around about
> Does he want to take the family farm?"
> Then comes the inevitable family gathering and some chit chat about
> history. It's polite, it's cursory, old stories are told, and it ends.
> I wish I could be as optimistic as Debbie. I don't think anything is
> changing. While access to records has become light speed, human
> family history remains in the dark ages.
> YOU are the family historian, like it or not. There is always one
> in a generation of a family group who becomes the family historian.
> come to me occasionally for information, but usually only to obtain a
> byte" or a piece of trivia. Nobody asks, "what was life like?" "why
> they come?" "How did they work?"
> I take my unofficial role as family historian quite seriously. My work
> be flawed, but it's all my family has. I've bundled up all sorts of
> material and sent it to relatives I believe most likely to hang onto
it. My hope
> and wish is that my little "bundle" will inspire someone someday to
> the torch and carry it. No need for them to start from scratch - take
> to the next level. As each generation departs, we lose so much
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