Monday, October 18, 2010

Family History Month - READ

~Today's prompt is brought to you by the letter R~

One of my favorite things is books - I love to read ~ a good book can take you to another place or time, it can educate and entertain you.  Genealogy is comprised of many parts ~ we can learn so much about our ancestors by reading (both fiction and nonfiction).  Check out your public library or favorite bookstore and you will find that there is something to learn (genealogy-wise) in most every section ~ world and local history, geography, travel, culinary, employment/occupation, language, religion, and technology, fiction and non-fiction.
(image by digital artist Felixco, Inc., made available by ~ thanks)

Why not go to the library and check out a book that relates to your ethnic or religious background, your families' emigration/immigration experience, or perhaps read a newspaper from your ancestors' locality or a diary or journal of a family member.

Today, find a good book and READ!  While you are at it, why not recommend a good read to the rest of us!

My recommendation for a good read is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  This book is a beautifully written concurrent story of (1) the forced roundup (Vel’ d’Hiv’) and deportation and murder of French Jews in July 1942 and (2) a journalist's assignment to cover the story for a 60th anniversary article in July 2002.  The intertwined stories were fascinating, haunting and quite touching.  The effect that atrocity had on all the characters (both past and present) was also quite thought-provoking.

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