If there is one thing that has made a definite impression on me during the last few years of indulging in my interest in history and family history research is that nothing is ever what it seems—well, maybe sometimes it is. I’ve known since I was a teenager that some Scottish history as written by the historiographers is occasionally creative balderdash.
This concept was reinforced on completion of an elective class on historiography in college. It’s really difficult to write an objective account of an event, no matter how hard one applies oneself to the subject it’s inevitable that subjectivity and personal feelings creep in.
When you start researching family history there are so many surprises along the way, some good and some not so good and not what you would have wished for your ancestors.
My premise finds a measure of validation in the first blog post of a newly launches series by the Findmypast blog about the family trees of the famous. The first article on silent screen star Charlie Chaplin clearly illustrates the point, at least in the area of family history.
The well-known and talented family historian Roy Stockdill takes blog readers on a fascinating journey through time and the mysterious genealogy of one of the greatest creative geniuses of all time.
If you’d like a real treat and an interesting demonstration of how it’s done click on Findmypast.co.uk blog. It’s free.
I’ve written about Charlie Chaplin three times during the course of the last year and, in retrospect, I really enjoyed his talent as a child and as an adult.
Quite recently on February 23, of this year I posted the following information: New MI5 records released to the British National Archives
On April 5, 2011 I Wrote about Charlie’s 122 birthday as follows: Charlie Chaplin’s 122nd birthday tomorrow, April 16
On July 6, 2011 of last year I wrote this: Silent Cinema Stars Private Information Revealed In Historic Studio Archives Now Available Online at Ancestry.com