I began researching our family history about 20 years ago. Rewarding, frustrating and addicting describe my feelings about this endeavor. Writing a family history book, as many people do who have collected scads of data, seems a daunting task. This blog is my alternative. It allows our family to see the results of my research, and it also gives the wider community of genealogists access to information that they might find useful.
If there is one thing I have learned while conducting my research, it is that success in this area depends on the sharing of information and on the kindness of strangers. Genealogy is collaborative. Finding our own ancestors cannot be accomplished without building on the work of those who have also searched, and found.
So, too, are we “built” on that which came before – on the lives led by our ancestors. Not only through shared genes, but also, as my research has led me to believe, by shared paths. Our lives are influenced in subtle and in obvious ways by the other people who reside on the branches of our family tree – the “nuts” from which successive generations grow.
The name of this blog attempts to sum up these ideas, borrowing from a phrase in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work, “Plato, or, The Philosopher.”
But the inventor only knows how to borrow; and society is glad to forget the innumerable laborers who ministered to this architect, and reserves all its gratitude for him. When we are praising Plato, it seems we are praising quotations from Solon and Sophron and Philolaus. Be it so. Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
These posts are based on my own research and reflect my personal opinions. When I have based my findings on the work of others, I will give credit where it is due. I would appreciate the same consideration. Please do not copy the contents of my blog, in whole or in part, or embed it within another web page or blog, without my express permission. This also applies to photographs, which are the property of me and/or the members of my family, unless specifically credited to someone else.
If you find some useful information in any of these articles, you have my permission to extract facts, such as dates and locations, for your personal use only.