"The challenge I give
you as a genealogist is to reach beyond the vital statistics to a new world of
understanding, both of your ancestors and of yourself. Preserve those details
of your family in written form that will bring understanding to many others and
truly enable their hearts - along with your own - to turn to their fathers.
Someone has said that there is little point in digging up an ancestor if you
aren't going to make him live. If that is true - and I believe it is - your job
is not finished until you feel a bit of what he felt, have shared vicariously
in his joys and heartaches - perhaps shed a tear with him in his sorrow laughed
at the humor in his life, and felt pride in his accomplishment." - Val D.