There are no “boring” ancestors. Everyone has a story to tell and one person’s “boring” is someone else’s “not-so-boring.” For those who leave behind fewer records and stories that on the surface seem more mundane, have you learned about:
- the times in which they lived?
- what likely employment they had?
- the tools or their job or household (estate inventories are great for this)?
- what life was like for someone in their situation?
- what historical events actually impacted their life?
The answers to those questions may not reveal a great Greek tragedy, but the result can be the development of more insight into your ancestor’s life. Â It may also increase the chance that you actually learn more specific details about your ancestor’s existence.
Not every relative lived a life full of drama. There’s something to be said for that. Sometimes that’s the more difficult life to lead. And it’s often the more difficult life to research.