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Here’s some reading material for your coffee break: A post today on the Scientific
American blog called I’m
a Johnson from Wisconsin, and It is Pretty Cool.
Neuroscientist-turned-journalist and genealogy buff Madeleine Johnson wrote about
how she used a circular family tree chart of her own creation as a starting point
to her roots research, and is searching for the story of a great-grandmother who died
in an institution.
“Genealogy, distant and recent, gives meaning to personal and shared historical experience,”
Also check out another post and article she mentions: Going
Dutch: I’m one of the Van Dusens of New Amsterdam. So what? in which Matthew Van
Dusen says his illustrious ancestry—described in a New
York Times article about New Amsterdam’s early settlers—doesn’t increase his
own personal importance.
I have to agree with him there, but I do think it’s neat to be related to someone
you might read about in a history book (I’m not, that I know of). Of course, it’s
also gratifying to discover and honor the stories of “ordinary” folks in your tree.
What do you think?