Genealogy Is Like Fortune-Telling, Only Backwards

If you think about it, Genealogy is like fortune telling except that it goes backwards into time. That’s what it reminds me of. There is nothing like the excitement we experience when we open wide the lives of those who lived before us. Did their babies make it through the first year? Was anyone ever arrested or hung for treason? Did they save their land through the Great Panic or the Great Depression? And sometimes there are real doozies we find out about our ancestors; occasionally they do very human and sometimes bad things like abandon their families or take part in slave holding. Sometimes we find that they were the benefactors of others and kept it a secret and sometimes we find that they kept their religion or ethnicity a secret. It’s rather odd, this fascination we have about those who are no longer with us but millions of people do and genealogy searching gains strength in popularity each day. It is an addicting yet wonderful pastime watching your own novel unfold and it is a way in which we can leave a legacy for our descendants.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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