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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
FEATURE I f you wander into the middle of a group of people interested in researching their family histories, don’t be surprised to hear about ‘call me’ notes left on headstones, stories of dark family secrets, discoveries of adopted family members, and revelations of royal bloodlines. No wonder it’s one of the most popular hobbies in the world. When Joan Matthews was six years old her father died and her family began moving from town to town. “We lost touch with our extended family a little more with each move,” Joan remembers. “After a while, I knew nothing about my father’s family.” After the birth of her son in 1980, Joan began looking into her family history. She was hooked. Skip forward 30 years, and what she calls her ‘never -ending story’ continues. She has used the latest technology, including DNA testing, to piece together her family tree and has used her findings to create unique bonds with her children and grandchildren. When she hears how ancestry research is becoming more and more popular, she knows why. Ancestry research is addictive, time-consuming, frustrating and attracting new enthusiasts at an exponential rate. A conservative estimate suggests 100 million people worldwide actively research their family history during any month, and this number is still set to rise. The trend is largely to do with technology that has made archival resources quick to access and more easily available than ever before. But the greatest rewards of family history occur once findings are shared with friends and family. Techno trends No one doubts the benefits of digitised family history records. Online resources can save you money, plug holes in your family tree and connect you with a community of researchers who When you dig around in your family history, who knows what famous ancestors you will find. Ben Miller forayed into the wild world of genealogy to find out about the strange research methods used to find forgotten family. Hooked on history 26 | www.probussouthpacific.org
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