The prompt for this week is Thankful, to write about what or who are I thankful for finding in my genealogy research.
When I was teenager and my mom, Gladys MARTIN HEISER (1921-1999) would talk about serious things like boys, I would always say, “Oh, Mom. Things are different than when you were a girl.”
My mom would respond with something like, “Human nature never changes. It’s no different now than when I was a girl, or my mother was a girl, or when her mother was a girl.”
In typical teenage fashion, I would roll my eyes and walk away. But you know, she was right, and I found examples of life’s truths all through my genealogy research.
Here’s a few of the truths I learned along the way with examples I found doing newspaper research:
1-Amusing things happened in the good old days, just like they do now.
2-Tragedy can beget tragedy, no matter the century. Read the clipping below from a 1785 newspaper in Philadelphia.
3-Young people in other centuries did foolish things just like young people do today.
19th Century ‘Drag Race’ Goes Awry (1823)
Note: None of these stories are about any of my relatives. They are just articles I found while doing family research.
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