At 3 am last night I wondered myself after the end of a long rush of research in the middle of the night, whether my ancestors had led me here to the old colony so I could discover something of their past. About 4 months ago, I was offered an internship position at Plimoth Plantation. My boss is head of Research and Curator of Original Collections. Since then my internship has been a frenzy of tasks ranging from object loans, accessions, condition reports (museum work) to research in genealogy/local history, as well as preparing original exhibits of 17th century ceramics. But this rather cosmopolitan exposure to historian work has opened my eyes. I’ve been bit by the research bug.
Getting into Family History, I had an inkling i was related to pilgrims and have since wanted to join GSMD. I am working on the proof for two lines, one direct to RICHARD WAREEN and one to WILLIAM BREWSTER. To start, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. From there proof has to be given in a record as contemporary event as possible. Assembling the lineage reports while dusting off cobwebs of five years or so in terms of memory was not the best idea. A great primer for the art of genealogical research is Drake’s You Ought To Write That Down.
In time, I will revisit more Cape Cod Genealogy but for now I need to review what I have done. This involves indexing every source. This has proven to be a good exercise, it allows you to review the types of sources available, how they offer proof, and their reliability.
My goal is to be able to analyze large sets of primary documents to bring together a comprehensive historical understanding. Deeds from Norwich, Vermont that I collected some years ago (see post) have sat on my shelf, unread and untapped for their wealth of genealogical information. Why is this the case? Because at that time in life I did not understand patience. The answers or even clues to the answer are not a click away all the time, as in the case of ancestry.com, which I use extensively, but we have to be mindful of human nature and how it effects the order of record keeping (Drake’s book explains this well). So I’m going to take it step by step, the past week has been overwhelming with how many lineages need work and how many new clues I have found, so in the near future I will post transcription of deeds regarding ELISHA FREEMAN (b. 1747 – d. 1838) and DAVID FREEMAN (b. 1793-d. 1881).