Age Perspective

Genealogists can easily develop tunnel vision. Sometimes it serves a good purpose and at other times it can cause us to lose our perspective.

For some reason I always imagine my ancestors as being older than me and if I’m not careful I tend to see them as having always lived their life as an older person. That’s a mistaken assumption and one that can at times cause me to make incorrect assumptions about behavior and motivations.

A 25-year old is at a different stage in their life than a 75-year old. It seems obvious, but like many obvious things sometimes we need a reminder. I was reminded myself when looking at a deposition made by my great-grandfather, Charles Neill. I always mentally picture him as older with gray hair–like he appears in the picture with several of his grandchildren.

I was reading the affidavit a short time after seeing my daughter’s fiance–who is about the age now that Charles was then.  I remembered Charles was not always in his late sixties. There was a day when he was a young man.

We all need to remember that sometimes.


One thought on “Age Perspective

  1. Michelle

    I’ve made the comment many times to my kids that I was not always a mom. I was once young and carefree. I partied, I snuck into movies and sporting events, I even cut class. I try and remember my grandma was once young too. She also snuck into baseball games.


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