You know, I don’t know which I love more, genealogy or history. I think finding your ancestors who participated in history has to be one of the most fulfilling endeavors ever, don’t you? I don’t mean just finding veterans of the many wars, but family members who emigrated, migrated, farmed, rode thousands of miles in tiny little covered wagons, braved weather and disease, child bearing and looked death in the eye and said, “I am not defeated yet!”.
Those people are my heroes and heroines. Everyday people who wanted better for their families. My only regret is that in doing so they also forever changed the lives of the first ones to migrate to the United States. I can’t change history, and we can hopefully learn from it.