I’m a little late writing about tonight’s episode. That’s because I was at work and had to wait until I got off and watched my recording of it. Thank goodness for DVR technology!
Just like last week, there are some things that I enjoyed about this episode and some things that I didn’t like!
One of the biggest problems I had with this episode was that it jumped back too far, too fast. In his first stop, Tim McGraw is given some information and then does a search on Ancestry.com and, ”Voila!”, he has jumped back 8 generations just like that! Why did this happen? Perhaps these generations were the boring ones. I mean, surely there must have been something exciting about his Civil War ancestors!
I don’t understand why this happened! First off, the genealogy researcher helping him is telling him that his family played a big part in shaping the area that they are in at that moment. Why not pursue that first? Instead he searches Ancestry and the genealogist tells him that everyone of the results is a relative! Say what? I’ve never had that happen. I usually have to search and then sort through all the non-relative results to find what I am looking for!
I may be mistaken but isn’t it some sort of rule that you should try to find everything you can about this present grandparent or great-grandparent and then move on to the next one? This should be true and even more so if someone is telling you that your relatives played a big part in shaping the area you are in at that moment. Instead he travels to Virginia to find out how an ancestor 8 generations back is making an impact on that area.
I just don’t understand the logic! Is it me? Perhaps I am just not grasping something here!
OK, enough of that. Let me tell you about the things I did enjoy. I did enjoy that Tim used some rather interesting routes to discover what he did discover. I mean, he didn’t just go to the local genealogy history center or some sort. He went to some places that I probably wouldn’t have considered. That is something that will help me perhaps in my future genealogy research!
I also enjoyed that Tim was using records that aren’t the norm. He was using land deeds, then journals (of complete strangers) and also forms that showed that his relative was receiving help from the government. This was definitely thinking outside the box, in a sense.
One last thing. I enjoyed that there was a little history lesson in there. I enjoyed the part about the Palatine people. To point to the book and give a little history of these people was excellent. I’ve ran across mentions of Palatine people in my research but never really understood it all. Now I know a little more!
So, even though I was disappointed in the huge jump backwards that the show took I still managed to learn quite a bit tonight. I’ve been researching my family for 11 years now and have not had the kind of luck that Tim McGraw had.
Perhaps I should refine my search techniques at Ancestry so that I can find all those relatives just like that! Voila!!
Have a wonderful day everyone!