Why I Do This
So why have I put all this time and effort into this hobby, this
genealogy? The short answer, "Its my sisters fault." She was
interested with the family making phone calls, writing letters and organizing the
genealogy dates. I sometimes went along for the ride, and basically got hooked looking
from the outside in.
People collect all kinds of stuff, hockey cards, Royal Doultons,
stamps, coins, spoons, or lint. The list is endless of what one can collect. My
hobby is one of collecting as well; collecting family names, with significant dates and places
of occurrence. One attends seminars to learn techniques and to meet other people with the
same thirst that you do. You find us in many different places. In flea markets, antique
shops, libraries, archives, land offices, and cemeteries, and yes, I do have
many dozens of
pictures of headstones.
On one vacation, I returned home with 9 rolls of film used up
(I've done this for a very long time!). My
mother was excited to see all the people I met, and the places I visited. Well, out of 9
rolls of film, there were 2 live people, the rest were cemetery and headstone pictures
(nowadays, the Internet has cemetery photos to download ... but not
Family history is a fascinating search of your past. The memories
of your departed relatives - aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, great grandparents -
are still with you. It's because of these memories, that we persist with the research.
One answer leads to another question. That answer leads to
another question, and on it goes. You become a genealogist, detective, historian,
geographer, writer, secretary, curator, bookkeeper, archivist, librarian, diplomat,
researcher, statistician, all without realizing what you are doing.
I flunked geography in high school. I now know where Mosa
Township, Wardsville and Shetland are. Why there are crooked township lines? Why there are
so many areas left unsurveyed in Ontario? The goal was to publish the family of Robert and
Hannah Parr, and look what I have learned along the way!
I started this research in 1985 and was gung ho
for about 3 years and sputtered with varying amounts of enthusiasm (ranging from
non-existent to spending my vacation visiting relatives) in the many
Now Im on the Internet, and youre reading the pages
from the Parr web page. I have offered a few biographies of some of the family, and I'm
looking to find
a biography for every descendant of Robert and Hannah Parr. Whether I write a biography
for you (with your help), or you thoughtfully produce your own, it really doesn't matter.
"What's important is (that) the message is passed to the next generation. Words
written today will echo across time."38
We each have made a contribution while on this planet. Ive been through many
cemeteries where the headstone reads, "Gone but not forgotten". Meanwhile, the
headstone is falling over or the small shrub has grown to almost obliterate the words on
This web site supports the published book where our loved
ones may be gone, but they wont be forgotten. Every time you pick up the book you
will read another biography of a relative, and I am hoping that youll be enriched
for it. As you finish reading another biography, please remember these words;