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June 25, 2008


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No... I dream about lots of things like that... like what it's like to live in my old ancestors times. Sometimes the mind can come up with images of what we need to inspire us to move forward.

I think it's God's way of telling us look here next or what I like to call the "devine perhaps maybes".


Uh, don't you think a running laptop is overkill? I've kept a pad and pencil next to my bed since I was a kid for *anything* I dream/think of during sleep. Uses a lot less electricity, too.

I have a small voice recorder that I keep near my bed. I bought it specially for inspired thoughts of any kind, the ones that seem more brilliant in the dark when there's nothing to do except think. It's also very good for dreams. Even in the dark I can fumble to find it and feel where the Record button is. If I had to get up to sit at a laptop, there's not a chance in Hades.

A humorous cartoon I read said those who research genealogy do it at first out of curiosity, then it becomes a hobby, which turns into an obsession, eventually becoming a sickness. Do you recognize yourself? I'm at the last stage...

Three points in your post on "GenDreams" (one of the many symptoms of "GenFever" which is caused by the always fatal bite of the "GenBug") jumped out at me.
* Make an immediate record. I prefer the low-carbon footprint method, on a post-it that gets slapped on my monitor until it can be transfered to the To-Do list.
* Adoption, not all adoptions involve an orphan home, marriage or re-marriage of a young new mother is a common cause of otherwise 'unknown' adoptions.
* Great GrandFather. One of my four Great Grandfathers was adopted, as an infant, when his mother re-married after the sudden death of his "real - hitherto unknown" father, seems that influenza changed the make-up of a lot of families back in those days. No living member of the family seemed to know this until his birth certificate was discovered just a few years ago - in a box of papers found at my Grandfathers house after his death. The box probably belonged to Great Grandfather and seemed to have been unopened since the 1940's. "Genealogy 101": upon researching local and nearby church and courthouse records it was discovered that Great GrandMother was married, became a widow, became a mother and was remarried all within a span of 18 months. What we believed to be her maiden name was actually her first married name. This information opened two new branches of the family tree, and we all know what that led to...

So, do not discount the dream. It never hurts to double check what you believe to be true.

Correction: In the sentence after Genealogy 101, Great Grandmother should be: Great Great Grandmother,

Henry Z Jones has a couple of books about the subject of dreams and genealogy.

Psychic Roots: Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy

More Psychic Roots: Further Adventures in Serendipity & Intuition in Genealogy


Henry Z ("Hank") Jones Jr., FASG - Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists

Humor: I get no commission on book sales.

I, too, have been having dreams of genealogy. In my dream, I can see a large family tree branch which I cannot read, and realizing I am dreaming, keep trying to figure out how I can transfer this tree to my computer. Shouldn't this be possible with all this new technology?

i'm at the last stage too, i think. some nights i can't even sleep because I can finally get some work done without the kids or my significant other distracting me.

It was through doing the genealogy that I found out that my grandfather, who was a policeman, was shot in the head. All we knew was that he had had a stroke. Thank you Bill.

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