It’s the first time I participate in the weekly “Family History Through the Alphabet – Q is for…” challenge at Genealogy & History News. While thinking about what I could say for this post, I thought about different ‘Q’ words that apply to genealogy.
Then it came to me: Q is for ... quiet.
Genealogy is a quiet pastime. A lot of my work as a genealogist and family historian is done in a quiet manner, especially when I’m in a library, an archive, or in a church. My mind might be buzzing with activity before I enter those places (have I got all my notes? have I turned off the sound on my cellphone? have I remembered to bring change for the copy machine?), but once I walk through the doors and find my way to the room or floor in question, I become quiet. I become quiet not only when I speak to the help desk personnel, but I become quiet in my demeanor by being mindful of the other researchers around me. There are even times when I find that my mind and thoughts become quiet as if the research process has a calming influence on me. I definitely appreciate quiet at times like these, because it’s so helpful and beneficial to the search and research process.