From the office: "Family is the ground you stand on"

By Editor, 19 September 2013 - 10:32am

As Claire Vaughan starts her maternity leave, editor Sarah Williams comments on last night's episode

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Sarah Williams, editor
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Marianne Faithfull’s parting salvo last night was not some flippant, throw away comment. Her whole episode was living proof that “Family is the ground you stand on”. As her story unfolded, it became clear that her self-destructive behaviour in her twenties was a product of what had come before. We would all stumble on rocky ground like that.
 

I speak to a lot of family historians in my job and we all love the chase and we all love putting together the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle we call our family tree, but understanding your family’s past gives more than that. To take Marianne’s analogy further, uncovering your family’s history can often explain areas of rocky ground that you or your parents or grandparents have encountered and understanding that can help smooth the ground and make it firmer. 

I have uncovered stories in my family tree that have explained behaviours two generations further down. Pain can travel for decades. 

It will be very interesting to see John Simpson’s episode next week. The last one in the series. I have enjoyed all the episodes so far, some more than I was expecting, and some less. It has inspired me to look deeper into the archives and really flesh out some of the people in my family tree rather than just add more names and dates to my tree.

Having said that, with the recent Birmingham release from Ancestry.co.uk, I’ll be attaching records to my tree with joyful abandon today. Family history may be emotionally fulfilling, but we do also just enjoy adding pieces to our jigsaw puzzle!
 

 

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