“The beginning is always today.” -- Mary W. Shelley
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca
all of my a great deal of time in front of my computer or, when time and travel allows, out in court houses, archives or cemeteries. But, collaboration with the living has been one of the most satisfying and fruitful methods of advancement for my family research. I have sought out contacts with close and far-flung relations that have added appreciably to my knowledge of family. I believe, from how open and welcoming most of these cold-call relations have been, that both sides have appreciated this newly shared knowledge.
My research has benefited from the helping hands and ideas of colleagues whose only interest is in sharing the joy of discovery. I have also found that lending a hand and sharing my developed and developing skills as a researcher brings me great satisfaction (if not for working on another’s tree, I never would have ventured into pre-1900 federal census records; it reinvigorates my research when I can be reminded how easy it often was early on in my research to find records).
Other researchers have found me via posted family trees or my shtetl webpage: http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/yurovshchina/index.html
This has helped build my knowledge of Lubin/Labun/Yurovshchina – my father’s family town.
That brings me to the name of this blog: (going) The Extra Yad. This play on English and Hebrew* words reflects the several realities of my involvement with family history:
· my desire to lend a hand and share knowledge and skills,
· my realization that one cannot do this kind of research in isolation, without the helping hands of others, and
· my personal
problem strength (I will stick with a problem over the long-haul, turning it upside down and inside out, in an effort to solve it, i.e., “going the extra yard”).
Today is the beginning: blogging. My hope is to encourage dialogue and sharing. If something I post strikes a chord, elicits a memory, makes you smile, please share: post a response or send me an email. Please add to the discussion.