“Count Your Many Blessings” is the title of a hymn I am fond of. “Name them one by one” it continues. I know, there are some days when you’re really not sure you have any blessings. But apply this hymn to genealogy and family history, and immediately you can “count them one by one.”
Imagine trying to do all this research in the 1800s, or 1700s, or 1600s – or earlier! No computers (well, that’s obvious); but have you thought of the other things there wouldn’t have been? Would you have had the disposable income to allow you to purchase entrance fees for places which held records? Some of those places (such as great houses) would have been thriving anyway – so I somehow doubt that you would have been allowed access to any records, because they were current. If you are a woman: would you have been allowed to travel by yourself? If you were married: would you even have had the time? Would you have been able to read and write?
I am so grateful that I have been born in these times. Women are more independent, there is more disposable income around (well, I won’t get into that one LOL), technology abounds – and I know how to use it, even if my budget means I can’t afford most of it. I can read and write! I’m not sure I could have coped with daily life in some of my ancestors’ eras – let alone been involved in genealogical research.
What are you grateful for?