~ Today's prompt is brought to you by the letter Z ~
Webster's Dictionary defines zest as "an invigorating or keen quality, spirited enjoyment, relish." I have a zest for genealogy. I enjoy the unknown puzzle, the research, the libraries and the archives. I enjoy reading through old records, meeting with extended family members and learning about the mosaic that is my family.
My family is a combination of Irish, Norwegian, Austrian/Slovenian, and Swedish. For the past five years (on and off) I have researched these countries and the particular counties or provinces where my ancestors originated. I have a zest for learning the geography, history and cultural background of each of these areas. I have a zest for attending seminars and conferences with other genealogists ~ people who are genuinely interested in my research and willing to share their tips to make my search easier.
I don't know about you but once I started working on my family history and trying to piece together the puzzle that is my genealogy I got "it." What is "it?"
- It is finding your ancestors in passenger manifests, censuses, county land records, voting records, and city directories.
- It is finding an account of your great-grandparents' town complete with handwritten maps showing their homes, schools, and fishing areas.
- It is finding photographs of any of your ancestors.
- It is corresponding with a church office and having the minister or priest get back in touch with information about family marriages, baptisms and confirmations.
- It is finding your Swedish ancestors in Genline records and then corresponding via DISbyt with current extended family in Sweden.
- It is finding your Norwegian ancestors in the bygdebok (Norwegian farm books) for their area and being able to place them at a specific farm, learn what church they attended, find their vital records and follow their trip to Canada and later the United States.
- It is finding out where your great-grandmother was buried and being able to make the trip to the cemetery.
- It is being able to answer someone's questions and help them with the genealogy.
- It is the thrill of the search and the knowledge that your people will be honored and remembered through your database, scrapbook, book or blog.