What We’re Reading: Digging into your ancestry and history
When was the last time you researched your family? I don’t mean just remembering Granny’s stories, but actually digging into the attic, the library, and the census to see if you can find records of what she spoke?
I did the research back when my grandpa told me he worked alongside esteemed writer Richard Wright at the Chicago Post Office. Similarly, writer Halie Suzy was complaining about her frizzy hair when an aunt, attempting to explain the texture, said something off-the-cuff about a possibly black ancestor.
Suzy found the records and wrote about the truth.
“Great Grandpa Garfield, born to my second-great grandparents as Verona G., dropped his birth name. He called himself Garfield, declared himself White, and even bumped his birthdate by one day on his WWI and WWII draft registration forms.”
Suzy isn’t alone. With research, Lacey Dearie found a long lost childhood cousin. Matilde Ferreira traced her Cape Verdean roots using a variety of agencies, libraries and websites. And Greenland Genealogy researched the maternal line of deceased basketball legend Kobe Bryant and family history of former CDC director and Covid-19 pandemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Many people around the world are now gathering to celebrate any number of holidays that occur between now and the new year. If you decide to delve into your own genealogy at the dinner table, I’d love to read about what you learn. And should you come across any interesting ancestry stories on Medium, feel free to send them to me and tell me why they resonate.
Have a great weekend.
Adrienne Gibbs — Director of Content @ Medium
What We’re Reading
Published by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone
The point is to trust your instincts in the face of a king’s ransom, even if you’re smaller and less powerful than the other team.
Anyway, we went on to do okay. And fourteen years later somebody who likes jokes acquired Twitter for Forty-four billion dollars.
Published by Anchor founder Nir Zicherman
Don’t reject solutions that won’t work in the green when you’re still in the red. Realizing that is quite liberating. It means that the solution space for any problem is substantially bigger the earlier on you are in your journey.
- Guru Deepak Chopra asks — and answers — the question: Why Don’t People (And Nations) Do the Right Thing? In part, Chopra writes this: “If you look inside, you will see upon reflection that your sense of right and wrong is much more complicated than any quick response indicates. Avoiding a quick response is one of the first rules in moral thinking and acting.”
- Award-winning scientist and science writer Shin Jie Yong, MSc (Res)explains how and why Multiple Sclerosis research has finally figured out what causes the disorder. His story, “How a Single Study Proved the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis Is a Virus,” makes the case for a vaccine against the virus that is now believed to cause MS.
The Final Word goes to Neeramitra Reddy, who wrote an impressively detailed, 18-minute story about how he found his own perfect morning routine. He broke down every segment of the morning, prioritizing soul and body before moving on to work.
Here’s what Reddy, a productivity author, writes:
Symbolic for tackling the day’s most dreaded and complex task first, “Eating The Frog” [or completing the hardest task first] is a productivity game-changer:
- The more you delay eating the frog, the more you dread and delay it.
- The momentum and sense of accomplishment from downing the frog lets you cruise through the rest of the day.
- Even if you slack after eating the frog, the day will remain a win.
Fortunately, our routine’s mind + body + soul activation reduces the croaking frog into a pill-sized tadpole. Here are five more tips to protect your focus and avoid procrastination…
Want to read the additional tips? Head to Reddy’s profile and soak it all in.