Hello to all of my fellow family
historians. This month brings the end of summer and the start of
fall although the thermometer does not seem to agree. It makes me
wonder how our ancestors endured the weather and all it brings.
The drought we here in California are experiencing is merely
inconvenient for most of us, but for our ancestors it could bring the
ruination of crops and worry about how to survive the winter.
Worry about where the money for seeds would come from in the
spring. Worry about how they would feed their animals.
Worry about how they would feed their children. I love to read
about history and a few years ago read the journal of a farmer in the
area of Ontario, Canada that my fathers family came from. He was
writing about a drought and how they were coping with it. He had
to decide if he should slaughter his milk cow or let her go hoping to
retrieve her when the drought was over. He decided to let her
go. He got frustrated because his dogs kept bringing her back to
the same stand of trees. After the fourth time he went to get the
dogs to lock them up when he realized the cow was pawing frantically at
the ground and one of the dogs was digging at the same spot. He
decided to dig and came upon an underground stream. It was large
enough for him to water his garden and his animals. This
discovery led to an underground river that fed the farms of that area
thru the end of the journal. I cannot imagine the pain and stress
he went thru as he made the decision to release his milk cow, to sede
defeat to the drought. Have you studied the weather history where
your ancestors were from? Have you found the forces of nature
that have caused them to make momentous decisions?
Check it out, you might be surprised what you discover.
Last month I mentioned a couple of websites and I am going to carry
through with that this month. I like to use Genealogy Spot
www.genealogyspot.com It is a lot smaller than Cyndi’s list (
http://www.cyndislist.com) but can lead you to a variety of websites
you might not have tried. You can look up sites by record types,
by country or state, by religion or ethnicity. Whenever I start
researching in a new location I check this site
first. Another site I like is Digital State Archives
www.digitalstatearchives.com Each state has a unique digital
collection(s). The images you find can add history and color to
your family history. Give one of these sites a try and see
if you can enrich your search. See you at this month’s meeting.