Safety, Fear, War, & Our Ancestral Lineage

For the last decade I’ve studied the deeper layers of genealogy and family history. Explored the darker sides of family and ancestors. Looked at the grief, loss, war, fear they lived with, safety issues that existed, survival instincts, PTSD, inherited trauma and other related topics.

Exploring those topics has helped me do my own healing and today I’d like to talk about our current lives and forced isolation alongside our ancestors’ lives where the issues of fear and safety arise. I will provide just a little information around this topic with resources for you to explore.

Fear and Safety in Our Ancestors’ Lives

If you look back in your genealogy, you will find many instances where your ancestors were living in fear and were unsure of their personal safety perhaps due to war or famine, political conflicts, immigration, or natural disasters. Those situations may have been shorter term and affected the ancestors for a period of time. They may have learned...

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Genograms as a Family & Military History Tool

There are so many ways to look at our genealogy and military family history in deeper ways than just compiling a family tree. The Genogram, a diagram outlining the history of the behavior patterns (as of divorce, abortion, or suicide) of a family over several generations, is one tool that can be useful to dive deeper into your past and also heal your present.

What Does a Genogram Look Like?

The best way to show you what a genogram looks like is to give you something interactive. View a short Genogram video depicting the Skywalker family from Star Wars.

How are Genograms Helpful?

Genograms can show us through various symbols showing relationships, births, marriages, deaths, patterns, and some biographical data, what is happening in a family at a point in time. Therapists use genograms to explore what a new client is dealing with at the time they start therapy. One nice thing about a genogram is it can be continually expanded as new information comes in or the therapy sessions...

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Opportunities for Education & Community

A lot has changed since I flew home unexpectedly and quickly from Europe 13 March 2020. The entire world has been turned upside down and we have all had to, if we chose to , look at ourselves and what we are here to do. There are many layers to the upgrade happening on the planet and this virus is just one layer. The others will horrify and shock you for the most part. Though some will open your heart.

As part of my journey the last two months, I’ve done a lot of inner work and upgrading of my business services and offerings. Some things are leaving and others are moving in.

To build community and help people connect and learn, I started two weekly Zoom meetings for members of my Facebook groups. In these we talk about appropriate topics, do some education and have a lot of discussion. If you are interested in joining a new community, check the groups out today. Zooms are for members only.

Military Research Education

This group, Military Research Education, has a weekly Zoom...

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WWI Travel in France

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We visited so many WWI sites in France last week in the Meuse-Argonne and Verdun areas. So much devastation and so many stories. I recorded some of my thoughts. I’m still processing everything I saw – especially the destroyed villages.

Can I help you?

Are you ready to learn the bigger picture of your family member’s military service? We are a firm with not only hands-on document experience but also travel experience. We are taking new clients and can help you find the answers and tell a deeper story about your family member. Email us at [email protected] to set up your free phone consultation today to discuss project options, fees, and time.

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