|William Robert Couch|
But this story isn't really about him. It is about my mother and I. We did lots of research together. We shared information and had many discussions, some heated, about what this information or that information meant and where it could lead us.
The one thing that we shared was that I would say "Grandpa would have known the answer." Or she would say, "Daddy would have known about that." We both agreed that we both should have asked more questions.
But I was young and had my head buried in a book. Family history was only interesting to me when I heard the stories. Wish I could remember them all.
Mother did not start researching until ten years after her father died, so she never asked what he knew about his family.
What's the Point Here?
While I had only one grandparent still living when I started my research, I still had several great aunts and uncles and many older cousins.
I should have asked more questions.
Why Listening and Asking Are Worth the Time
What I Learned
I learned that I should have asked more questions.
I learned that when I listen to the older members of my family, I find out interesting things.
It's never too late to start asking questions and listening to the stories.
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