Today’s quote comes from one of our regular genealogy researchers that responded as part of our participation in the Society of American Archivists Call to Action #5: Why do Archives Matter?
As a genealogist, archives are critical to my research. Archives aren’t just storage facilities. They allow us to take a walk back in time to learn what life was like in centuries past. Archives are a treasure trove of stories about our ancestors, their friends and families, and the communities in which they lived. Without archives, our ancestors would just be names, dates, and places; our history would have no dimension, no texture. It is within these stories of our ancestors that we find our own.