When I first got started into going genealogy, I was sitting in my room when the thought struck me. I know that genealogy has been around since the first couple had their first child. It is, quite literally, as old as Mankind. I knew nothing about what I was going to do, where I was going to go, or how far this would take me. All I knew was that in this moment of unemployment, I needed to do something while completing my business degree.
I read no books on the subject. I talked to none of the genealogy societies. I had no idea there was even a certification for it. I did the only thing I knew how to do: I went to the source county for my surname and started looking through records in the court house. It was as simple as that. I took everything else from my life that I already knew and used it to my advantage. For whatever reason, doing genealogy work came entirely too easy to me at first. My first achievement in my research was to break down a brick wall. It took several months, but once I was done I knew I was really on to something. Thus began my fever for this type of research. It combined everything else that I knew and loved into one simple thing: a possible job.
I still haven’t read a single book on the subject, but I am really thinking about it.
What really spurred this idea to write was the fact that I went to look for something else and came across a book on Amazon.com. I was looking at how many genealogy books have come on to the market in the last 10 years. It’s an impressive list. Genealogy societies are not the only ones that have been around for a long time. Historical societies have been around just as long, if not longer. The fact that so many people any more are taking a real interest in the subject is a good thing. It’s the tell-tale sign that a lot of people do care about their past and have a real interest understanding more of who they are.
I forget where I read this, but I still believe it is very true. If you want to know the history of a country, look at the genealogy of it’s people.