Barry's Relatively Speaking: Fringe Benefits from Genealogy

Posted on Jul 09, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. R. E. Dishman shares the following experience.

Twenty years ago I embarked on the field of genealogy. Like all genealogists working over such a long period, I have enjoyed some degree of success. Volumes of records have been collected, catalogued and placed in binders; family histories have been written in documented form and in amateur fashion; some have found their place in print. However, this article is not to tell of my accomplishments, for they are modest when compared to the work of other searchers. It is not what I have gleaned in family data that I wish to relate, but the fringe benefits I now enjoy in retrospect following the years devoted to, "Chasing Ancestors," as some people call my hobby.

From the start I found genealogy to be interesting and amusing. I very early learned that it was to provide benefits other than merely collecting ancestors. It is a memory refresher, a mental stimulant and a wonderful field for applied pschology and moral philosophy. No dullard should take up genealogy, for some techniques required demand an alert mind, a good memory and some originality. These attributes I had to acquire gradually.

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