11 September 2017

Just as speaking/writing satisfies a “hidden” teacher, genealogy research satisfies my “inner” sleuth


Just as speaking/writing satisfies a “hidden” teacher, genealogy research satisfies my “inner” sleuth

I love “who done it” shows.  I watch a lot of British and Scandinavian television drama shows revolving around police inspectors/detectives solving crimes.  I also read a lot of what falls into the “Mystery, Thriller & Suspense” category for fiction.

I think these are all outlets for my inner sleuth (defined by Meriam-Webster as detective) and nothing satisfies that need like doing genealogical research.  This musing was inspired by the title of a recent article in the Yakima Herald, Genealogy research satisfies the sleuth in all of us.

I realized that I do consider myself a sleuth (my alternative alter-ego is that of a “mad” scientist pursuing all kinds of bizarre theories for where these ancestors came from; assuming not outer space!).  I love to dig around and try to ferret out dusty and slimy records that haven’t seen the light of day and hope they help my quest.

Sleuthing isn’t just the records you look at and it’s the critical thinking that you pair with it so that you research strategically.  It’s also keeping track of all the places you’ve looked and noting what you’ve found and not found in those pursuits.

I also think those who enjoy genealogy research have an insatiable curiosity to find answers to questions (of all kinds!) and that benefits us as we explore our ancestors. 

I did a quick search on Genealogy Sleuth and learned that Ancestry.com has trademarked “Genealogy Sleuth”.  So, be careful to not self-identify yourself with that moniker!

Maybe my moniker going forward will now be Hidden Teacher Inner Sleuth Genealogical Services1.

Do you consider yourself a sleuth? Does genealogy satisfy that sleuth?

What are the most important attributes you consider a sleuth to have?

1 Do consider this exact phrasing Copyrighted 2017 by Diane L. Richard.

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