But it occurred to me after almost 70 years on the earth this time, that there are still a lot of things that I wonder about. And since this website is about genealogy and not other things, I will confine this list of "I wonders" to genealogy and family history.
So here we go:
- I wonder what will take the place of newspapers in the future that will capture all the mini-stories about us? Think about it. Every article in a newspaper about your ancestor is a small chapter (sometimes very small) of events and other tidbits in a "book" about their lives. What will take their place?
- I wonder what will happen with obituaries, since they are almost gone. Sure there are online ones, but obituaries are just not that frequent anymore. And in some newspapers you have to pay a pretty penny to get one published.
- I wonder about the genealogy effects of personhood. In a few states there has been legislation about personhood for fetuses. Without getting political/religious, if they are persons in the womb, how do we record their information? Do we need to add "pre-birth" records? If they fail to be born for any reason do we need to name them? Just curious - genealogically speaking of course.
- I wonder why the U.S. Census Bureau hired so many people as census takers who couldn't write or print worth a damn. Didn't they realize that 72 years after the date of the census that 2 million genealogists would be frothing at the mouth to try and read what they put on paper?
- I wonder about the LDS and genealogy. The LDS is really big into genealogy. Because of that we researchers have been blessed with the fruits of all their labors. And for that we are very grateful. But why is it such a big deal? Is it because they want to baptize dead ancestors by proxy? Maybe that's it. All I know is that a lot of my ancestors were Jewish and a few died in the Holocaust, and some LDS members already got in trouble for proxy baptizing Holocaust victims in the Temple. I wonder if any of them of them were my ancestors. I suspect they wouldn't be too happy.
- I wonder why so many genealogists complain so much. There are those who complain every time ancestry.com has a hiccup or changes their interface, or about the latest Who Do You Think They Are celebrity. And they complain about age discrimination or the "Genealogy Police." I've got an idea - take every moment beyond one minute of "free bitching" and apply it to your research. You just might find a new ancestor.
- I wonder if there was a Congressional Medal of Honor or Oscar for genealogy why Tom Tryniski wouldn't be one of the first recipients. As the creator of the Old Fulton New York Post Cards site, which contains a searchable database of over 26 million newspaper pages, he would be my first choice. As an aficionado of newspaper research for genealogy myself, I would vote for this dude. He's my hero, genealogically speaking.
Anyway, these are some things that I wonder about. And to all my readers - you will have a birthday in the next 365 days - so in advance I say "Happy Birthday To You!"