Alona Tester from Gould Genealogy has proposed a Family History through the Alphabet series over the coming 26 weeks. I decided that my theme would be the Attributes we need as family historians: the skills, experience and talents you bring to your research. This week’s focus is on the letter H.
H is for Health: have you ever considered how family history affects your health? In my experience family history is great for your mental health because it keeps your brain buzzing and stimulated and gives you the chance to do something you love and be totally absorbed by. Of course there are those occasional days when it challenges your mental health driving you nuts as one lead after the other collapses…all part of the fun.
Family history is less great for your physical health as you sit hunched over a hot computer pursuing those same leads, or when you’re roaming a cemetery in the rain. For those who have physical limitations, it also provides an enthralling hobby.
H is for Happiness: You know…those moments when it all comes together and a problem is solved (even if it then leads to another). Or when you meet a new cousin, or you are given an ancestral photo etc. Cue the genie happy dance J.