Thursday, March 6, 2008
Genealogy is as much about tracing the roots of a family tree as it is about sifting the soil of history. In the process of mapping each generation, we discover how lives were shaped by the times they lived. Sometimes, other family historians cross our paths and we find common information to share. Along the way, we bump into historical figures as well.
While exploring the records of a church in Ellicott City, Maryland, I stumbled across the marriage record of George Ruth. My brother is a baseball fan so I copied the information for him. He was so pleased at something that is commonly available to any genealogist. It reminded me of when I first started this hobby. I was unaware of the paper trail that everyone leaves behind. These sources are the facts cited in books. Authors also use interviews with people and other written accounts. There is no shortage of books about The Babe.
So, as an exercise we wanted to show the availability of records left behind by a famous individual. Perhaps, this will inspire someone to begin a family project that keeps getting delayed. This project will be kept simple. We are uncovering simple records about one person's life. We are not interviewing any of Ruth's relatives. However, that is precisely what any novice family historian should do with their family. Talk with your elders, now.
This is not a family history course. Beginners should search the WEB for a genealogy society in their area and make contact.
In future postings we will uncover George Herman Ruth's Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Baptism Records (both of them), Marriage Record, Draft registrations (WW I and WW II), census records, etc. Many of these records are accessible from a Computer.
NEXT POSTING: Marriage Record of George Ruth and Helen Woodford
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