I have started working on the Stanley family. This will be a bit different, as my great-grandfather, John Thomas Stanley, was adopted after he and his older brother Henry were abandoned as small children.
No one in my family has any idea who my great-grandfather’s parents might have been, or anything about his “blood” ancestry. I have already investigated his adoptive Stanley family back several generations.
This reminds me of comments I read on someone’s genealogy blog a few days ago. The discussion involved “family history vs genealogy”, or the definition of this obsession of ours. One contributor said something along the lines of: “I’m only interested in blood & DNA, nothing else matters!” Other commentors were more interested in family dynamics and the importance of relationships.
If the term “genealogy” deals with little more than the study of genetics, then I am definitely a FAMILY HISTORIAN! Family, people, lives…that’s what I am interested in. While the Stanley family that adopted my great-grandfather are not “blood” ancestors, they are still my family. And family is all that matters!
I have also been updating both my RootsWeb WorldConnect database and my genealogy website. In reviewing my Family Tree files, I discovered that some of my source documentation displayed a few of my living relatives’ full names. I thought I had edited all my sources to protect these people, but obviously I missed a few folks! So I painstakingly went through the list of sources and changed all the names to initials. Then I updated both of the online databases.