|How Does It Happen So Quickly?|
Typical information about an ancestor might include birth, death and marriage dates, number of children and a list of residences. From Census documents we may be able to assess an ancestor's overall financial situation, occupation, year of immigration, etc. We can determine whether or not they were literate and probably have a pretty good idea of what religion they practiced. But then what?
I, like many of you, want to get inside their heads, understand their world view and learn what may have motivated them to stay put or move on. It occurred to me that interpreting the "facts" is more than a minor undertaking. Let me demonstrate how tricky this can be by sharing some of the facts of my own life.
- 1949 - born in Cincinnati, Ohio to John T. and Virginia Jones
- 1950 U. S. Census - my parents now have two children. We are living in an apartment in Wyoming.
- 1950 - Move to first house in Golf Manor
- 1960 U. S. Census - parents had 7th child and we are living in a house in Pleasant Ridge.
- 1963 - Graduate from 8th Grade at Nativity School Pleasant Ridge
- 1967 - Graduate from Regina High School, Norwood
- 1970 U.S. Census - still living with parents in Pleasant Ridge and attending college at the University of Cincinnati. Education Major.
- 1972 - Start first job as a teacher at Bond Hill School.
- 1976 - Marry Robert J. Hellmann
- 1977 - Build first house with husband in Landen, Warren County, Ohio
- 1978 - Give birth to daughter, Elizabeth Ann Hellmann
- 1979 - Divorce.
- 1980 - U. S. Census - living in apartment in Symmes Township with daughter, single parent.
- 1987 - Marry William E. Reed
- 1990 - Living in home in Pleasant Ridge
- 1999 - Buy home and relocate to Kenwood, Ohio. Daughter spends college-semester abroad.
- 2001 - Retire from Cincinnati Public Schools but continue working.
- 2010 - Still living in Kenwood, daughter married, one grandchild.