Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ancestors in Brooklyn

Sometimes i think we get so carried away with our family research that we do not stop and think what life was like for our Ancestors.
How different we live today ,sat by our laptops in an aircondition room. I am reading the Pulitzer prize wining novel 'Angela's Ashes' and so far i feel humbled by how the family lived in Brooklyn in the 1930's.
Home was a couple of rooms in a tenement, where the bathroom would be shared by many. The most dreadfull hardship was not having money to put food on the table. Wages earned by the male bread winner in a lot of cases never made it home after payday, it would be spent on drink on the way home.

Our ancestors stories were of hardship and survival,so maybe the next time you are searching for records, stop and think of how they once lived.

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