I love a good puzzle; they are tedious and challenging. They are projects for me. It’s a great feeling to find that piece that so beautifully slips into place next to another piece with a smooth snap! The puzzle slowly comes together. There are many types of puzzles, not just jigsaw. All are relaxing to me.
Family history puzzle
To me genealogy is a type of puzzle; one I really enjoy. I love researching through old newspapers and directories; Googling places my ancestors have been to see photos of the area. I most often use ancestry and familysearch for my research. I enjoy history, and genealogy is a great combination of puzzles and history.
I’ll find a time frame of a relative I am looking for and study what was the area or country like in that time. What was going on that may have affected the family? When I find a family member I was searching for or discover a new family member it’s just like the snap of a puzzle piece falling into place. Finding a particular ancestor will become my project for a time period, just like trying to find a specific puzzle piece. All my focus will go into that one thing for a brief period of time. It sort of makes everything else in life disappear into the background for a short time.
Most of my family is not interested, in fact I think they actually get annoyed when I try to tell them what I have found. They don’t share my enthusiasm to say the least. It’s not that I like living in the past. I just enjoy the search and the history. My family will often say “Why do you like looking at family history?”. My response is it usually that I enjoy the mystery of it. It is actually relaxing for me, a getaway of sorts for my mind.
History (and secrets) revealed
I’m always amazed what can be uncovered, things I never knew or sometimes things my “way back” family tried to hide. Those in the 1800’s had no idea that in the 2000’s we would be able to access records they thought were gone. Because they used to print EVERYTHING in the paper, nothing is secret when it’s in black and white for everyone to read!
People used to think that if they changed a date on the original document then no one would ever know the real date. Little did they know theirs’ was most often not the original. Copies of the documents were made before they got the “original”. Secrets don’t stay secret forever. It’s almost like treasure hunting. Maybe I’ll pick treasure hunting up as a hobby when I retire!
I have taken one trip to do some research; my mother and I went. Being in a historical city, Philadelphia, researching family history, touring and visiting places my ancestors had been; so exciting! The trip was very relaxing and enjoyable for me. While there we helped clean up an abandoned cemetery that my great great grandparents are buried in; such a fulfilling activity. I would love to go more places and one day maybe I can. I look forward to finding more pieces to the puzzle that is my ancestry.
Do you like puzzles? We all should have a hobby or a way we like to relax. How do you relax?