Today has been a fun day for me. Filled with lots of well wishes, celebration and a few gifts. Cake was a part of the day too and you just can’t go wrong when gifts and cake are involved. Then per my techy gadget requests I received a bluetooth keyboard for my IPad and some ITunes gift cards. I don’t download music much. No I head straight for the App Store. Today I purchased a word processing program just as soon as my gift card could get it for me. This post is my inaugural voyage into what I hope becomes real mobility in writing electronically.
So why am I telling you all this? Only because I’m amazed at the incongruous world of the 21st century family historian. We seek any tidbit or mention of a 19th or early 20th century ancestor and then use the best modern day technology available to record the events of people who barely had running water. The contrast makes me smile.
Through my IPad, IPhone and online research I find my e-ancestors knowing their hard physical labor laid the groundwork for my conveniences today. As I use my Flip Pal to scan their photos and Google books to read county histories from my recliner I am mindful that my ancestors and their peers have provided me extraordinary ways to research and relax today.
Most parents measure success by giving their children a better life than they had. If that is the barometer used to measure by, our ancestors can be mighty proud. They have provided us with an exceptional way of life and I thank them as I brush cake crumbs from my new bluetooth keyboard.