It has been said
that anyone who thinks genealogy is fun has either never done genealogy
or has never had fun. But is there anyone who has not enjoyed the challenge
of assembling a five hundred piece jigsaw puzzle, even though, deep in
his heart he knew that the effort was about as useful as taking a count
of the stars?
In fact, genealogy is
fun, as any searcher of censuses will tell you. Perhaps it's just a
matter of vanity -- pride in knowing something no one else knows. But more
likely there is something inside us that produces an insatiable appetite
for answers to the question: "Who am I?"
What then is
the goal? When the jigsaw puzzle is done, it's done, and except for the
entertainment it provided, the exercise was futile. The finished
product was relegated in bits and pieces to the box from which it came,
perhaps never to see the light again. Genealogy, on the other hand, never
produces a completed image, but, like any historical research, reveals
at least one new question for every answer that is found. Portions
of the puzzle may come into sharper focus, but its dimensions constantly
increase. The game is never over.
then, is merely a news bulletin through which the facts are presented as
they are known today. Tomorrow will bring new revelations and a sharper,
but even larger image. It is hoped that the reader will become a contributor,
eager to fit some of the pieces into place and anxious to glean bits of history from fading
while those memories remain to be tapped.