Did you know that if you go back 10 generations in your family tree, you have 1,024 direct-line ancestors? Ten generations may sound like a lot, but if you were born in 1950, ten generations may only bring you back to 1700 a little over 300 years ago! Direct-line ancestors only include parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, so each of those 1,024 people directly contributed to your existence.
For some, researching their family tree helps them connect with the past and make sense of where they fit in the scheme of history. For others, genealogy is a deeply emotional experience as it helps them understand where they came from, who they are, and why they do the things they do. Others find genealogy to be an invigorating game of detecting, piecing together clues from documents and family lore to figure out who, what, where, and when, sometimes even why!
If youre like many, you know the Federal Census is filled with information, but it may seem too daunting to wade through thousands of hand-written records. I invite you to attend one of two sessions called The Census: Genealogy Goldmine where I will share tips, tricks and resources on how to scrutinize the data and elevate your family history research. This program will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, October 11 at the Rising Sun Branch and at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 25 at the Chesapeake City Branch.
Whether youre just getting started or are a seasoned researcher, the 5th Annual Cecil County Genealogy Symposium on Saturday, November 12th is not to be missed. A detailed program of speakers and presenters is almost finalized, be sure to check our website for details.
*Please note, the 5th Annual Genealogy Symposium will be hosted at the Cecil County Government Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton.