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How can you get to know your Ancestors better?

When I was a little girl, I think I didn't ask a lot of questions of my Grandparents because it never dawned on me that we would be separated by any amount of time.  The idea that they would be in Heaven with me one day, was very natural, even though, I was not a Mormon at the time, and I was not taught any particular doctrine.    So now, maybe you are like me.   Are you kicking yourself because you didn't ask enough questions?  I think that is why Heavenly Father has given us the gift of technology to ascertain the records and documents so easily that it is not so heartbreaking to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

For my family, Texas and Oklahoma in the 20s and 30s was a miserable, hot, dry place to live.  In a severe drought, the "Dust Bowl" was the basis of the story by Hemingway called "The Grapes of Wrath".  Yet, they never complained, because they didn't know any better.   Without this calling, I would never have found that my Great Grandf…

What did your Great-Great-Great Grandfather do for a living?

What one occupation is in one culture, it is completely different in another Culture and Time

When researching your family ties, you run across Census sheets.  These tell you where the person lived, with whom, how long they were married, the present status of marriage, the children's names and as their occupation, it lists student or whatever job they held.

My Grandfather used to deliver for a Drug Store.  That's pretty easy to understand because in America, we know what occupations we have.  Now, what if your ancestor is from "across the pond" in jolly ole' London?  Do you know what his occupation on another census from another century might be?

Now with this link, these people have gone throuh the amazing effort to categorize every occupation and its' definition for you to ponder.  What can you do with it?  Nothing.  Merely marvel at what they did and how they endured it.  Thank you to A Walk Through the Lens for putting this together.