What a year 2020 has been!


 

Dearest fellow genealogists,
 
As I write, it's a quiet Christmas night, in a quiet, distant holiday season. I miss the noise and fun of being with family, but I'm so thankful to you, each of you, for joining with me in this quest we have to discover and recover families who are out of touch with ancestors and living cousins too. 
 
Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones was a Christmas present this year, and I was delighted to read on page one:
What is genealogy?
Genealogy is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten or unknown identities and relationships. Many of these relationships existed in the past, but genealogists' research also includes living people. Genealogy emphasizes biological and marital kinships, but also addresses adoptive, extramarital, and other kinds of relationships within and across generations. 
There has much grief and loss this year and I'm afraid more lies ahead. However, I see many reasons to be hopeful and anticipate some great things in the future. 
 
Happy holidays,
 
Valorie