My mother is the family genealogist, and I have picked up a great deal of our family's names-and-dates type of history from her. Many an afternoon I spent as a child wandering graveyards looking for specific relatives with my mom, clipboard in hand, ready to write down even more dates and locations.
As an adult I treasure family recipes and stories about the ancestors on the family tree, even more than I treasure the specifics of the cradle to the grave set of dates. It is also fun to use my great grandmother's crochet pieces and teach my little girls what a doily is!
However, I have zero interest in certain other things, namely, joining Facebook. I will not do it. I have no inclination to do so. I am opposed to how it is changing discourse in our culture, and wastes precious minutes of people's lives.
This week my parents flew out for a visit with our family, and my mother and I did a little research after I announced:
"I don't want to join Facebook! I want to join the D.A.R.!" (Daughters of the American Revolution)
I really wanted to know, am I eligible? After a little bit of studying the various branches of my family tree and choosing which branch to lead us back to someone who fought in the Revolutionary War, we found it! I am indeed eligible, as my great great great great great grandfather was John Dow, whose family had already been in the colonies for 2 generations.
Anyway, I look forward to learning more about him, and also to someday joining the D.A. R. It is not something that is a priority to me just now during this phase of motherhood, as every ounce of my energy is put toward being a wife and mother and our first 2 children are both under age 3. But! I'm excited!