Why a genealogy blog?
Well, it has been a long time coming. I have been researching my family for more than ten years now and I have come to the realization that I need to write on the stories I found. For me genealogy is more than just a hobby, it is an ongoing search for history, clues and facts about how my ancestors lived and the events that marked their lives. Everything started back in the 90’s when my dad told me about his family moving to New Hampshire during the end of the 19th century, I did always wonder whether this was true and I was determined to find the truth. Since then, I have tracked my family to Berlin, New Hampshire and Waterbury, Connecticut with a couple of trips to Boston, Massachusetts.
Not so long ago, I would have had to be physically in a Montreal or Quebec library to research my ancestors, I would have spent hours searching in old ledgers, family history books and records. Now, thanks to the web and the amazing digital collections available online I can pursue my search in the comfort of my own home in Switzerland. Mind me, it would be so much fun to be in a Canadian library or archive center to research primary records, unfortunately distance prohibits me from doing that and I fully appreciate the fact that I can work from afar.
By now, you might wonder why I chose to depict myself as a “rogue” genealogist, the reasons are quite simple: I am not a certified genealogist. I am a passionate, professional graduated librarian & archivist and that enabled me to hone my skills in genealogical research. I have a quirky approach to searching information, I don’t believe that they teach this in librarian school but I do believe I get results. I trust my instincts, I double-check and cross-reference all the information I found and, more importantly, I love what I do.
Family history for me is so much more than just dates, facts and famous characters in history; sure every french-Canadian out there can probably relate to Charlemagne but they can also (more than possibly) relate to their African ancestors. We are just one big, big family. The rich tapestry of our lives and our histories are important these days, in a world ever more changing and ever more connected, we can now share our stories and relate to others.