Minnesota Man Talks About Visit With Last Surviving Civil War Soldier
Robin Hoff was on a genealogy road trip with his wife when Fisher caught up with him, talking about meeting the last surviving Civil War soldier when he was a boy, as well some of his own Civil War ancestry.
I guess we're doing our jobs when family members believe we, as amateur genealogists, are nothing short of brilliant magicians. We can solve any family history mystery and bring down any brick wall!
(Sure the problem is in Lower Latsoslavianastan after borders changed in the 17th century invasion during the War of the Wretched, but who is better suited than us?!)
Still, I like to keep up impressions. That means, even in my 36th year of researching, learning how to be better. CeCe Moore, the DNA Detective, who joins me for two segments this week, is a person I greatly admire. Not only for her friendship, her bubbly personality, her energy, and intelligence, but for her humility, too.
As her fame has grown from "Finding Your Roots" and "20/20," CeCe has been besieged by requests for help. Recognizing it is impossible to coach everyone who seeks her out, she set up her own network of helpful, unpaid coaches, many of whom were assisted by people in her network to begin with.
As she humbly points out, CeCe is completely self taught, and there is nothing she has learned that you can't learn. I second that. In the beginning it seemed like there was so much I didn't know. As the years went by I would get deeper in the weeds and learn more and more about the types of records found in certain places and times. To this day, I never stop asking questions of people who know more about these locales and times than I do.
Bottom line: Nobody knows everything about every place and every time and every kind of record. So remember, just because you couldn't find something in 2016 (or 2015), doesn't mean you can't find it in 2017! It's all about the sources. Take classes, keep learning and sharpen that axe!