Some of the productions we view on television or read in genealogy magazines make ancestral research look easy. In reality, it’s often very difficult and sometimes frustrating but, nevertheless, very worthwhile.

One might expect in the age of technology that leaving footprints for our kin to follow is easy.  I’m inclined to think it’s more difficult during these times when our lives are more complex and more people prefer anonymity for a multifarious selection of reasons. We received a reminder of this with the 2011 U.S. census, which caused such a stir and even violence, with a large section of the population believing that the Federal Government was invading our privacy.

On November18, 2010, a Dear Abbey column dealt with a dilemma that many face when writing an obituary with the intention of publishing it in a newspaper. The column was posted in the Casa Grande Dispatch. To read it click on the following link:

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