Genealogy Research in Southern Italy
What is Genealogy?
Often it is important to know where we come from, for a fuller sense of direction in life, in participating to a larger general design. All those who contributed to our genetical map are in a certain sense still living inside ourselves, wherever their physical existence took place.
You may answer many personal questions with a bit of undigging in your family's past, in the history, behaviours, customs that your parents passed on to you, and that you maybe unconsciously are transmitting to your children. There's a special reward when you find something that seemed lost forever, and maybe would, if you had not cared.
From the dusty, crumbling papers of documents people who belong to what you now are come out of the mist of time and look at you silently, affectionately, waiting for you to decipher their stories, rescue them from oblivion and pass their as yet forgotten names and stories on to the next generations.
Genealogy, like all research, needs imagination, that special feeling that there must be something somewhere, and just the right stone must be moved, the right person interviewed, to connect the missing link. But each case is different; nevertheless, just to give a rough idea of the work, energies and knowledge involved, we have developed this introduction.
This guide might be useful especially for those just beginning to undig their family history. There are some dangers in starting a genealogical research, apart from wasting money, losing yourself in a mass of unconnected data or never finding what you are looking for.
There are some dangers in starting a genealogical research, apart from wasting money, losing yourself in a mass of unconnected data or never finding what you are looking for.
A guide to help you along if you are just beginning...
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