Genealogy as a Passion

 

Do you get a feeling? Thousands of books - and you are looking for that single entry : Christian Hoske is researching in that archive. You learn more about Christian Hoske on this page.

 

If you are just interested in the genealogy of the Bach Family around Johann Sebastian Bach, than you are actually wrong here. Because this page is about genealogy in general. Just click here and I guide you to the page, were you actually wanted to get.

 

Your Ancestors - A Mystery

 

There are two interesting assumptions, which show initiate these pages of my Bach website. At first it seems most people start to be interested in genealogy not earlier as at the age of 50. Earlier you may be already excited by the research of a friend, of your uncle or you listen to the exciting reports of an acquaintance. But seeing your self as a researcher, if at all, is what you plan for a later section of your life. Or, you can't imagine such a passion as a hobby of your future at all.

 

Plus, there is an exquisite poem regarding the passion of ancestry. It's written, that in every generation there seems to be this one individual, who is interested, what his ancestors have experienced. Who were they and where did they live. To explore and discover this, to preserve it and to hand it down to coming generations, seems to be exciting for just this one person of a family per generation.

 

In my family it's crystal clear: this was my grandfather, who did ancestry. He was it, who, with his research, level my path into the past. Far back into the past. Without his groundwork and without his expertise we would never have been able to get that deep into the family history. Today we try, not only to discover the secrets of my family, but the genealogy of the greatest musician of all times as well. Today we may accomplish both with a never present medium, which former generations of genealogist never could use: the internet.

 

 

An Investment of One Hour

 

It is a golden tip - and probably you confirm that to me later - when it's zoo late. It happens to almost every family researcher. In each generation, in every family. Do you remember the maiden name of your grandmother? If yes, do you know the maiden name of your great-grandmother? Probably not. And exactly this is the problem. At least at the beginning of your research, in a time , when you are not yet interested in the own family history or you plan to do that later as a passion.

 

Research in your own family in the beginning is really not constant. It begins in steps. The first two steps back in time actually are no challenge. In many cases the parents are still alive and the are those who you ask first about their parents and about their grandparents as well. If their memory is good, you already have "conserved" the names and data of four generations after your consultation. That is to say yours, those of your parents, the data of your grandparents plus, if they recall the background the data of your great-grandparents. However they assume an averaged distance of 25 years per generation. And that means, that you might miss exactly the knowledge about one generation, if you decide for a research as late as age 50 instead of a start, when you are 25 years old. Bacause at your age of 50 it's absolutely more likely, that your grandparents don't live anymore.This is different, when you are 25.

 

This one generation can be of a high importance and you will experience it: it's unclear when and in which generation - but with the highest likeliness your research into the future comes to a full stop. Because there are no more files, that offer a projection to the next generation back in time. However, often you realize that, with much research, time and energy, there is a way around such "dead ends". This is a research like a roller coaster and once in a while it can be very frustrating. The task to research the next generation, that is to say finding out the names and data of your great-grandparents is tenfold.

 

Back to your grandma. It is likely that the data and names of this generation, which is available when you are around 25 years of age, is lost, when you are 50. And that is to say with the death of your grandparents who actually don't live until they are 120 years old. So, if your are stuck exactly on that level, than it's really annoying, because  you now know that you messed it up.

 

One hour investment - 100 hours win. If somebody would offer you such a chance in the stock market, plus there would be no risk coming with it, you wouldn't hesitate one minute. Visit your grandparents

Ancestry Research in the 21st Century

 

Like in almost every aspect of our life, the research for our ancestors has changed dramatically in last 20 years. All what you could do in the last century, to find your family, is what you can still do today. However one option added. This changes the success chances dramatically and for all coming generations it promises to become even more considerable. It is the computer, the electronic communication and it's the internet.

 

As silly as the subdivision of the electronic above in genealogy seems to be, the more different these three disciplines are. While your computer efficiently helps to organize your finds - with special genealogy software, but office programs and Exel help already, the two other corner pillars are different approaches. The communication: what need week long time back then, for the reason a letter had to be transported, but as well as communication on paper just needs more time and effort, communication today seems to be light years faster and less complicating. Finally the internet offers possibilities and support, which were just not existing rudimentary two decades ago.