Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I looked through my collection of photographs for just the right visual image to represent my idea and for once, I think I've got it right on the first shot. I may use this photo for the whole series of posts or I may change my mind. You, dear readers, will just have to figure it out.
What's behind the gravestone in this photo? If you've been following along with this blog, you can easily answer that behind this gravestone is a footstone.
It doesn't belong here. Footstones were placed at the foot of the grave so that it looks like a bed. Some feel this is a representation of peaceful sleep. So, if that's the case, isn't this photo a symbol of unease and unrest?
Sometimes, I like to write about uncomfortable topics that are on my mind. I think that as modern genealogy evolves, there may be more of this. As my blog is about gravestones, it is a combination of learning about the cemetery, the people who are buried there and how or why we chose to remember them. But, isn't part of that representative of how history had changed over the years? Will, in the future, we not be able to find ancestors in the graveyard because the gravestones will be moved or are unreadable? Will the popularity of cremation (and the promotion of cremation by cities and town) mean that people will no longer bother to be buried?
So, this type of post is going to be about my opinion. If you are only interested in learning about gravestones, you may want to skip over these posts and move on. That's just a warning.
First topic: I am a self-directed learner. I learn what I want and when I want it. It is sort of like living a life of TV viewing ON DEMAND. What does this mean to YOU about my work as a genealogist? It means that I may never choose the path of certification. So, where should I put my money in terms of learning? Conferences? Webinars, Facebook, Twitter, Online classes?
What type of learning about family history, genealogy and technology do you find the most effective for YOU?