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MONDAY MUSINGS: Technology is making our lives easier to trace – but is it better?

Imagine how much simpler it will be for our descendants to track our lives? We have birth and death certificates, social security numbers, and thousands of documents all recorded electronically in multiple repositories and easy to access online.

And with so many historical documents being digitized today, much genealogy research can be conducted from home by anyone with a computer.


Something is missing

With so many historical documents being digitized now, much genealogy research can be completed from home. But documents and records filled with names and dates do not tell our life stories. Our thoughts, goals, and feelings are missing.

Sometimes, I am able to catch a glimpse of an ancestor’s personality through family letters he/she wrote and I’m always excited when I find one. There’s something special about holding in my hands the hand-written thoughts of my ancestor from many years ago―I feel more connected to them.

Quickly deleted

Today, I seldom write letters by hand. Instead, I resort to email, text and Facebook chats which I’m sure are quickly deleted without much thought.

We should all strive to leave more than just a digital document footprint of our lives. We should also write down our memories, life goals, and gems of wisdom, and find a way to share them with our children and grandchildren.

Post memories on Alabama Pioneers website

Another way to share your thoughts and memories with your family is by emailing them to me at [email protected]  If your memory is selected to be published, I’ll send you a return email to let you know when so you can inform your friends and family and, if they want, they can print your stories for their records.  All stories and memories remain on the website for an indefinite period of time.

Where Do I Start?: HINTS and TIPS for BEGINNING GENEALOGISTS with ONLINE RESOURCE Do you need some guidance in your genealogy search? Save time and avoid pitfalls in your research. This book provides simple, no-nonsense instructions to help you get started. Many FREE research links included.

Tips include:

  • WHERE TO FIND – on-line resources, experienced genealogists will not be aware of many of these.
  • COURT RESEARCH – how to do courthouse research, where to find birth, death, social security records free on-line.
  • EIGHTY – ONE QUESTIONS – you should ask your elderly loved ones before it’s too late.
  • TIPS ON BREAKING DOWN THE WALL – Everyone faces some difficulties in research, often called a ‘brick wall’ but WHERE DO I START? provides suggestions for overcoming them.

WHERE DO I START? Hints and Tips for Beginning Genealogists with On-line resources (Kindle Edition)

By (author):  Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. One thing I miss when I go to get my collection of ads, promotions, and pleas for money, is a hand written letter. I have my correspondence on file since 1964. It is a kick to read letters I received and letters I sent. Since I got a computer, my saved correspondence consists mostly of birthday and Christmas cards. I have read several collections of letters of favorite people from history, and I had rather read them than a biography (even autobiography). I feel I get a better glimpse of the kind of person they really were. Even if a printed my email, the shorthand versions of incidents and experiences can’t compare to a well thought letter written in hand that I immediately recognize and love.

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