People still read… and they may read more than they used to. It may be in short clips, but they read, and they share the good stuff with their friends. They post it on their social media platforms, they forward it to a friend that can relate to it. They subscribe to blogs to devour more of those precious written words. Most of what is available may not be intricately honed. But, it doesn’t need to be, to convey the point. Even if it takes writers time to be discovered, even if it’s not appreciated by the masses, there are still brilliant writers. Really good art, always has people who appreciate it, and acknowledge it’s value.
So what if your ancestors weren’t famous? What if they were poor? There are photographers like Dorthea Lange who spent time documenting the migrant worker families during the dust bowl era for the department of agriculture.
Pouring through a couple hundred pictures, I not only gained a better understanding of what life was like for my great-great grandparents, but I found a couple of pictures, that I am pretty sure contain them.
If you don’t find a picture, there may me some other precious genealogical nugget to mine from papers and records.