"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away" Author Unknown.
Life is not about start and end dates but what you got up to in the middle; the triumph and tragedies, the things you want to remember, the things you want to forget. I think this is an important component of Genealogy; the decisions our ancestors make can impact generations to come and you as the researcher can be the best judge of the result. There are a lot of resources which can enable you to look deeper into your ancestor's lives and below are my Top Five resources for researching the lived experiences of your ancestors.
Top Five 'Lived Experiences' Genealogical Resources:
"I was out last night late (it was like 9.30pm), I was wasted (I'd had one) and I thought I heard someone in my house (this is the truth). So I ran into the kitchen (yes), grabbed a knife (it was actually a spoon) and started banishing it around to terrify the intruder who jumped out of the window and fled! (I hid in the corner and cried until the source of the noise, my cat, stopped eating the half-dead mouse and went outside.)"
"Wow, were you scared?"
"Nope." (Lies, I nearly wet myself).
There are many different reasons for someone to change a story whether willingly or otherwise so it is always good to attribute information you acquire to someone so you don't get blamed for the defamatory stories about Aunt Whoever.
As you can see there are many different methods for you to begin researching your family history. It is best to start slow and not get too carried away. It can be exciting when you discover Uncle So-and-So was actually adopted but also depressing when you realise your great-grandfather's brother was a murderer and is still said to haunt the spot where he killed his victims …