1. My son is interested in hearing about our family tree, but doesn’t want to do any of the research or even help me at the library. What should I do to get him more involved? (He’s 11) Signed- Lazy son?
Dear Lazy Son?,
No, your son isn’t lazy. He’s a typical eleven year old…but more. He wants to hear about the past, his family and what you do. Don’t force him to learn to research. My suggestion is that you not make him follow you around at the library, searching through books and old newspapers. This may actually do the opposite of what you are hoping for. Always mention a newfound ancestor to him. Tell him all that he wants to hear but don’t push it. If you want to get him more involved without pushing him away take him on a picnic. When my children were young we used to go to the cemetery and picnic with our ancestors. After we were finished eating we would walk around the cemetery and clean up any litter or debris. (We did this sort of thing at parks, too…so it didn’t feel like a punishment.) There was playing involved, too…but always respectful.
2. I noticed in the last 24 hours a lot of genealogy people and organizations commenting on the immigration issue right now. What are your thoughts on it? Signed – Political Question
Dear Political Question,
Genlady isn’t political at all. If you want to talk politics in 1820, or ask her about her ancestors who were elected officials she’ll tell you all about them, including their political beliefs as she knows them. However, politics today has no business in genealogy research. It won’t help us to search better, it won’t help us to search faster, it only serves to cause problems between family members and split up friends. Genlady’s alter ego has her own opinion, but it will not be shared here.
3. I’m trying to research a family who supposedly lost most members during a flu epidemic. Do you know where I can find more information on flu epidemics across the Country? Signed – Not sick now.
Dear Not sick now,
I haven’t found any ancestors of my own who passed in an epidemic. I have included some links below that may help you in this research. Good luck to you!
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