Celebrate Your Family History – Jenny Ashcraft

Feb 25, 2022 | aging, books, culture, Health, politics, seniors, technology

Jenny Ashcraft – Celebrate Your Family History: Newspapers.com

The Not Old Better Show, Interview Series

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show.  We’re talking genealogy today, family history, and some families like my own, are from far-flung places all over the world, but I’m here in America now.  We will be talking about my family today and I’m Paul Vogelzang. As part of our Back Story Family History  interview series,  we have an excellent interview with returning guest, and audience favorite Jenny Ashcraft, who is a genealogist, a researcher, a lover of the written word, and who’ll join us today to talk about family history, new technology  and resources available at Newspapers.com

Our guest today, Jenny Ashcraft is a family history enthusiast. She works at Ancestry where she writes a blog at Fold3HQ.  Jenny Ashcraft loves uncovering stories about ancestors and finds great joy in helping others to do the same. She feels completely at home immersed in dusty archives, pouring through manuscripts, or finding hidden gems in the pages of historic newspapers.

Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family puts it this way:

“In all of us, there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning.”

The psychological benefits of genealogy are significant and plentiful: among them are basic needs like acceptance and friendship, ego needs like achievement and status, and self-actualization.

These psychological benefits and more, like knowing your roots boosts older adults’ mental wellbeing in positive ways, giving us:

  • a sense of accomplishment, especially if you do the research yourselves;
  • the perspective that we belong to a family which leaves a legacy for future generations;
  • a sense of self-worth and belonging to ancestors with whom we can participate to play our part in history;  meaningful things, and of course, as we age
  • acceptance of the concept of death and mortality.

Older people who have paid attention to our family health history are better able to contribute to their own wellbeing, and better prepared to affect the wellbeing of their descendants.

The grandparents, great-aunts, and great-uncles of our audience here on The Not Old Better Show also have the duty to relate the lessons their ancestors taught, and the moral principles that kept them focused.

We’ll talk about that, RootsTech 2022, some wonderful new resources for family search, and more on our packed show today so please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show genealogist Jenny Ashcraft.

My thanks to writer, historian, genealogy expert, returning guest, and audience favorite Jenny Ashcraft,  for her time, expertise, and thoughtful preparation in joining me today.  You’ll find much more in the way of links, resources, and information on our website, and check out Newspapers.com. And, you can check out my website at NotOld-Better.com for information on the resources and special programs provided by Newspapers.com.   My thanks, always, to the Smithsonian team for all they do to support the show.  Of course, my thanks to you, our wonderful Not Old Better Show audience.  Please keep your emails coming to me at info@notold-better.com.  Remember, let’s talk about better.  The Not Old Better Show.  

Thanks, everybody.