PHOTO: Bahalachin Ethiopian Jewish Center executive director Solomon Akale (left), Schelly and Solomon's brother Yasu, at an event spotlighting the Center's plans to build a Heritage Center and Museum. The evening, which included traditional foods and a performance by the center's folklore ensemble, was held at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador in Tel Aviv. A future article will cover the importance of genealogy to this community
Who's interested in genealogy?
As a researcher and journalist who writes on genealogy and family history research, I've heard that question and others: "Don't you have anything else to do?" "Why are you bothering me?" and the classic "Everyone's dead - who cares?"
I've interviewed 80-year-olds who ask those questions and then begin to recall childhood memories. My phone sometimes rings at 3 a.m. as the caller, oblivious to international time zones, says, "Quick! I just remembered something. Write it down before I forget."
Genealogy isn't only about those no longer with us. Family history is as much about the living, making connections, linking past to present, preserving and transmitting our unique history to our descendants.
It shouldn't be just a dry list of names and dates. It is about discovering our ancestors' origins and lives. We honor and remember our ancestors as we share discoveries with our families.
The mystery of history - more precisely family history - has fascinated me for nearly 20 years, and I've been writing about genealogy for more than a decade, in addition to speaking at international conferences, teaching online genealogy classes, blogging and, of course, researching my families and that of my husband.
My genealogical interests range far and wide, and this new blog will provide opportunities to investigate even more resources, publications and events across the field. I'll share interesting and useful information noted in newspapers and magazines as well as new books. Local and international events of interest will be noted, and you'll learn how these can help you and your research.
Most importantly, because genealogy is more than a two-way street - more like a multi-lane highway - your input is very important to this process. I'd like to know what you think, the topics you want to see covered and the genealogical problems you're having.
Send in your comments, requests for topics or questions on your genealogical problems. Share a new resource you've discovered and how it has helped you, a new book you've read, or anything else related to genealogy.
I'm looking forward to reading your messages.