Most of the blogs that I follow are pagan in nature. In fact, I’d have to say about 98% of the E-mails I get, alerting me to blog updates, have something to do with a pagan lifestyle. And as time goes by and I read all of these blogs, I’ve noticed that a consistent part to everyone’s myriad of practices is a deep connection with their ancestors; ancestor veneration. I’ve come to believe that I associate most pagan religions with ancestor veneration. Kemetic paths calls for it; Vodun paths call for it; Nordic paths call for it; and then there are just the history buffs who are on a conglomerate path that just want to get down and dirty with their family trees. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder if ancestor veneration can be the first real tenet to defining “pagan.” But that’s a different post.
And I’m distracting myself.
So, all of these blogs have gotten into their family trees. In particular, Camylleon, at her cave has been posting weekly (or is it bi-weekly?) articles about little blips that she’s learned during her intense genealogical search. And it’s really become clear to me that this is rapidly becoming the norm in pagan society. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are pagans-only genealogy groups out there. But, what I’m really getting at is that this is something I’d like to try my hand at. I’m a failure at history (since I have pretty much decided I will never go back to college and get that fucking degree) so why not try failing at genealogy?
And honestly, yes. Failure it is.
I have no idea where to start! I mean, I have websites that I’ve gone to and all of that, but I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what links I should be clicking on. I don’t know what I’m looking for on these sites or how to connect with people (without sounding like an idiotic robot with confidence issues) about any of this. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I have a general idea of the outcome I’m looking for: stories, birth and death records, blowing past my mom’s research and into a realm unbeknownst to us before, and maybe learning about my bio-father and his heritage.
BUT WHERE THE FUCK DO I START?!?!?
I don’t know. I just don’t know.