As I sit here looking at my family tree on Ancestry, I think about what life was like during the WWI and WWII when my grandparents and their parents were alive. What was it like to live when television still was not invented yet or the personal computer. They went from horse and buggy to the first car and so forth. My grandma would talk about her childhood and what it was like growing up in Maryland and what it was like to move to Michigan. Where her family grew up and the names of her ancestors. How cool right? What about my grandfather and what about his side? My grandma from my father’s side has been doing genealogy for as long as I can remember. She had already done most of my father’s side long before I grew an interest in it. My thirst for history comes from the thought that life is so short. Ever watched Doctor Who when the Doctor says “in the end we are all stories so make it a good on eh?” Well that holds true. In the end that is all we are. Our footprints in current history leave the story for our great-great-great-great grandchildren. What will we leave for them?
I think about this a lot lately. I am not royal, I was not the first ancestor to move to America, I wasn’t a Noble or a peasant. I got to grow up when cell phones became a thing, when personal computers got smaller, I was a 80’s and 90’s kid. We had the Walkman, the CD player, the time when kids actually rode bikes and had to be home when the street lights came on. Those were the good ol’ times. Our kids never had to know the struggle of writing notes and making little triangle footballs and flicked it across the classroom to the person we wanted to talk to. They all have smartphones and t.v.s in their bedrooms. Where everyone now has thin skin and feelings get hurt. Back in the 1930’s, our grandparents didn’t have these issues like we had today. What about those in the 1700’s.
Let me ask you this, what do you think of today’s society. Please don’t get all rude and push your points of views on others. But what do you think it was like back in the 1700 to early 1900 for your ancestors? Are you a direct descendant of a Noble or Royalty? Are you Viking by blood or maybe your ancestor was along side Abraham Lincoln or George Washington? Do you look into your past and see who you are related to? Please let me know in the comments. Would love to hear your ancestral stories.