I don't know if I've mentioned it on this blog before, so I'll let it out here: I'm taking courses at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. I just started a few weeks ago, so I'm pretty much in methodology 101. It is a tad boring, but it's required and refreshers never hurt.
Something great that has come out of going back to the very basics, is revisiting my early research. Stuff I likely have not looked at in years. Going back to that time brings up memories of ancestors I actually, physically knew. I touched them, I hugged them, I laughed with them. My great-grandfather Chester Wesley Campbell, who died seventeen years ago last month, is a fine example.
|Great-Grandparents Norma & Chester|
This brought back memories of backyard chicken coops (stories for another day), which then prompted me to go look at another photo, one that hangs in a collage on my wall. It's my favorite of Great-Grandpa Campbell. In it is Chester showing a young boy who happened to grow up to be my father the ins and outs of milking a cow. To me, it's a priceless treasure. Below is a photo of the photo - not perfectly clear - but you can get the idea.
So today's genealogy "homework" turned out to be a nice stroll down memory lane. Getting back to the basics is a good thing!