I'll admit it: I get attached to my clients' ancestors.
Miriam is one of those ancestors. I've been working on a particular client project for several years. She is part of that project and the extensive family tree I've studied for so long.
Miriam was a genealogist back in the day. I'm not sure when she started researching her family's history, but I've seen notes and charts in her handwriting that date back to the 1930s.
Flash forward so many decades later and those papers are now in my hands. They are being scanned and uploaded for availability online. Each ancestor she mentioned is carefully labeled and tagged, so they can be searched online as well.
Miriam took so much care in documenting her family's history that I want to ensure that her research lives on.
Sometimes the tagging and labeling is tedious, but it's part of the job. Miriam's notes remind me of my commitment to assist clients in keeping their ancestors memories alive for future generations. Miriam died before I was born, but through her stacks and stacks of notes she's become like a friend to me. I'm honored to finish what she started.
(Names/approximate dates changed for confidentiality.)
Amy Lenertz, MLIS is the founder of Raincross Information Services.