Randy Seaver came up with a different approach to genealogy for this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
1. What excites you about genealogy research? What part of performing genealogy and family history research really excites you — what keeps you coming back day after day?2. Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post or in a Facebook Status post or note.
These are my thoughts.
• I think the puzzle-solving aspect of research is what I enjoy the most. I like figuring out how one person is related to another, where an immigrant came from, or just when someone was born. I enjoy hunting for clues that will help give me an answer. One of the reasons it is so exciting is that every family is unique; although there are many similarities between different families, every family's history is going to be different in some ways, so I am never reading the same story twice.
• I love connecting with relatives, even if they're distant. It's fun to figure out exactly how I'm related to the cousins I communicate with and which family lines we have in common. I sometimes have been disappointed when the cousin doesn't feel the same way, but most of the time the enthusiasm is mutual.
• Something else that's fun is finding new kinds of documents to help with family history. I always tell people that I am obsessive and that I want to find every single piece of information out there, no matter how insignificant someone else might think it is. Everything adds up to a fuller picture of the person and family I am researching.
I'm glad Randy enjoys writing up documentation, because I sure don't! It's a necessary evil, but it definitely does not excite me.