Okay, I'm going to be completely honest.
My heart is breaking.
About 25 years ago, I was the Family History Center Director at our local facility here in north central Ohio.
I met so many wonderful people who taught me things that I still use today.
And, I still keep in contact with many of them, too.
Yesterday, Mr. Kerry and I attended a community meeting where various historical societies and museums from our area want to work cohesively, and be a clearinghouse for all things history.
Ohio is a rich history base,
and it makes sense to combine
I saw someone there from the previous days when I was Director,
and we caught up on each others' lives.
Except, he no longer does genealogy.
He threw it all out.
I had to sit down.
This man was an excellent and thorough genealogist,
and spent lots of time and money traveling to
various facilities for research.
He particularly loved going to the National Archives
in Washington, DC.
He had traced various lines of his family
back to the 1500's.
But, in the years since I have seen him,
his father died.
His mother died.
Two years ago, his sister died.
He is the only one left.
He reasoned that since there is no one left in the family,
there is no use to keep it.
So, he threw 23 volumes of research away.
It is gone.
Perhaps he was grieving.
Perhaps he was feeling alone.
But, it's gone.
So, for my followers on this blog,
if you are ever in the same situation where you feel your research
will not matter,
or be of use to anyone -
please, please think again.
Think before you act.
Find a trusted friend or genealogist and talk with them.
Find someone who will be willing to upload it to
or any of the dozens of other online trees.
There will be someone...
that you may never meet or know about
that will thank you for what you have done.
But, please don't throw it away
because you think no one will ever care.