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Old 4th September 2017, 13:06   #1
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Research the dead. Forget the living.

Researching the dead seems more addictive to us genealogists than the living. Could it be the dead just seem more interesting?

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I think, in a lot of cases, finding the dead is more of a challenge.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

Everything is a challenge, some events more than others.

Deaths/burials are only a small part of it Ben......the final event. But finding that is a more difficult, especially if they moved away.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

[QUOTE=benny1982;217805Could it be the dead just seem more interesting?[/QUOTE]

Or could it be that the 100 year rule on a lot of records puts a spanner in the works when researching more recent times.

Gee stuffed up the quote things didnt i.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I never bothered with the death records for years, just had down too Great Grandfather Thomas Ernest d1945.
Only last 5/7 years I have started looking for burials.
Up until my Husbands death ,I only had his family Tree, not mine.

Deaths never interested me.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I think we are also more interested in where/who we came from rather than who came with us. The history rather than the present. We are in the present, we weren't in the history.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I think we do seem to pay less attention to living relatives and pay more attention to relatives who died before we were born. Living rellies we know about whereas dead rellies we want to find out about.

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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I think I'm getting confused, which isn't that surprising.

They had to be alive, to be dead. If we find the dead, what can they tell us. Who, where and how. And who registered the death, I suppose.

But pre registration, some of that information does not exist. The how is mostly missing, and who they belong to is missing, and where they actualy lived, could be missing. Pre-reg. deaths/burials are not always the place they lived.

Is it the case, that a death is found, then the hunt goes on for where they actualy came from, and who their family were.

Or am I missing the point somewhere, which I guess I am.


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Re: Research the dead. Forget the living.

I suppose that's why I started to see how many people out there are still living. I'm running out of close living relatives, so looking for anyone a bit more distant still living.

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I suppose that's why I started to see how many people out there are still living. I'm running out of close living relatives, so looking for anyone a bit more distant still living.

Amanda
I started my FH hunt, with a photo and the name of my Uncle, and not my father.
I didn't set out to start my family history quest, until this chap dropped in my lap, when my Auntie died in 2004.
He was alway known as Uncle Charlie......and that was it. BUT, he was in uniform, so off I went.

So I guess it's his fault that I'm still doing this almost 14 years later.


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