“To be a good genealogist you need to be a good historian” is a phrase I have heard often, and they are indeed words to live by. Studying history is an important way we can give context to the lives our ancestors lived.
A recent article by Sharon Tate Moody in TBO.com—Tampa Bay Online give fresh insight to the value of written histories in our genealogical research. Her article is filled with examples of how “common folks” participated in historical events, and how reading about that participation adds depth to the history we are normally exposed to.
Read her article at Take research beyond genealogy reference books | TBO.com