Why Genealogy Research?

23rd Psalm for Genealogists 

  • Genealogy is my pastime, I shall not stray
  • It maketh me to lie down and examine tombstones
  • It leadeth me into still courthouses
  • It restoreth my Ancestral Knowledge
  • It leadeth me in paths of census records and ships’ passenger lists for my surnames’ sake
  • Yea, though I walk through the shadows of research libraries and microfilm readers
  • I shall fear no discouragement, for a strong urge is within me
  • The curiosity and motivation, they comforteth me
  • It demandeth preparation of storage space for the acquisition of countless documents
  • It anointest my head with burning midnight oil
  • My family group sheets runneth over
  • Surely, birth, marriage, and death dates shall follow me all the days of my life
  • And I shall dwell in the house of a family history-seeker forever.