Being someone who loves family and stories, I find genealogical research enticing. As a teenager I helped my grandmother organize the materials she’d collected over years of long distance correspondence and visits to institutions. Today I can sit at my desk and view one hundred and twenty year-old records from towns half way across the world, see photographs of boats my ancestors traveled on with all their worldly belongings to start a new lives in distant lands, and find records that reveal relatives we didn’t know about or only suspected existed. Through these resources my family has reconnected with many dear cousins. We recently discovered a whole branch of our family that had been completely lost and were able to tell them about the origins of a grandmother/great-grandmother they knew almost nothing about—other than her good reputation and first name, which two of them share.
The ease at which I can access documents from distant times and places amazes me.
Thank you, scanners, information collectors, and genealogy web site creators.