by Delia

Yes, The Genealogy Center is closed for three days this Fourth of July weekend. The plan to be closed for three day straight was made before the decision was made to begin open hours on Sundays this summer. It was decided that we would be closed in observance of the Fourth on Friday July 3rd, then closed on July 4th as well. When Sunday hours came up, I think the decision was made that we would remain closed on Sunday July 5th because we were all excited about a three day weekend.

So, yes, we relish our extra days of being closed and being off (no, no extra paid holidays) when family members are visiting and celebrating, and that extra sleep the day after all of the fireworks, whether you attend a show or just hear your neighbors shooting them off in their driveways, will be appreciated. But don’t think that we won’t miss you!

For me, and I believe all of my colleagues here at The Genealogy Center, the best part of the job is hearing your research tangles and trying to figure out one more place to search for the information you need. One more way to figure out what happened to the man who went missing. One more idea on how to find that woman’s parents. One more notion of what happened to all of the children after their parents died. These are the human stories that drew us to our own family history in the first place, so we understand the desire to search and the satisfaction of finding answers that seemed out of reach.

So enjoy the holiday! If you gather with family or friends, ask them to share their own memories. Even children have memories of past holidays and gatherings, and sharing memories may engender within them an interest in becoming part of the chain of family historians.

We’ll see you on Monday, to start the search anew.