To Research or Not To Research
To research or not to research -- that’s not a question!
Whether ’tis more vital to e-publish
The sum GEDCOM total of all my ancestral genealogy
Or to hide the true lineage lore and dates behind a wall of privacy,
And, by filing away the data dossiers, effectively end them. To search, to investigate --
No more -- and by not sharing nor publishing the results, to say farewell to
The unearthing and the locating of distant mishpacha
That I might otherwise be able to find, ‘tis a consequence
Greatly to be avoided. To research, to seek--
To pursue, perchance to unearth. Ay, there’s the true Up, Roots! quest.
For in hot pursuit of family history, what ancestral tidbits of unnerving truth surface
When we have to the Archives gone just for this reason
Must give us pause. There’s the nexus
That makes a calamity out of the simple family history-lineage quest.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of minor bureaucrats, foreign and domestic;
Th’ various archives’ slow response time; the mayven’s disdain for the newbie;
The endlessly incorrect, conflicting dates needing verification;
When she herself might conclude her family quest
Just by shutting off the FTM program on the PC? Why else would genealogists bear
To travel to archives and cemeteries in foreign lands --a weary life --
But that the dread of not learning one’s tenth great grandparent’s name
That self-directed lineage labor, from which assignment
No one can else can ever free us,
Makes us ever more key in the new data we just found
Than switch to the other things we should actually be doing?
Thus, genealogy does make compulsive addicts of us all,
And thus, the full story of the Langer-Surinamer-Van Coerland-Weber-Backer-
Will finally be related along with documentary proof of certified birth, marriage, death, and naturalization.
But can the tales of great ancestors and their living descendants ever be told
Even via computerized GEDCOM or handpainted tree, as their stories turn, shift,
Unfolding o’er various times and climes, in Litvakia and America?
But, here it, inevitably, comes now,
The genuine genealogist’s unbiased, documented account!
O, Root Seeker, in thy true reportage
May all thy relatives be accounted for.