Column: Presentation is Everything

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Presentation is Everything

Snippet: When my kids were small, we’d have tea parties in the winter to break up the long days. We’d put a bright cloth on the table, and decorate it with flowers, napkins and place-seating cards. We set the table with our best dishes, including teacups and saucers and the boxed silverware. I’d layout trays of cut-up fruit, small cakes and cookies. We each had a gravy boat of apple juice to pour into our cups.

I went through this fuss because it was fun, and because presentation was everything! I learned this philosophy from my mother who prepared the table for special occasions. Even if we didn’t have a lot of food, it was presented in a pleasant manner that pleased the eye. It was also functional, so things were easy to reach.

This philosophy has extended to other parts of my life, including genealogy. Once a fair amount of research was completed and the desire to share it with others arrives, it was time to decide upon the manner of presentation because…presentation was everything.

My early attempts of organising the data were crude and difficult to follow if the reader didn’t already have some understanding of the family tree. Also, it didn’t tell a story; it only presented raw data. It was great as a quick reference, but it was dry material to read.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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