History is the sum of individual events involving PEOPLE, PLACE, and TIME. Of course, each event is not an isolated incident and is influenced by other People, other Places, and other Times. Here at The Family Nexus we emphasize the power of place across generations and time. This blog is a beginning of sorts for us. But of course there were events that influenced us and led us to this point. We are excited to begin this journey and hope that you will join us! Maps and their modern equivalents will form the central focus of this site, with a particular emphasis on how maps can shed light on our past. That is, maps can help us discover our own personal family history in the context of the places they lived.
The history of the human family is tied to places. In some cases entire generations passed their lives away in a single place. However, often this place was simply a nexus – a Center Place – and other places were also meaningful in their lives. Perhaps they left the home fire to go hunting in search of food, or to trade or purchase needed goods or services. Perhaps they left home with their tribesmen, clansmen, or fellow citizens to far-away places in times of war. But still, despite their journeyings, their hearts were pointed back to their home and family.
In still other cases they left the comfort of home in search of a new home. Then, in certain periods of history, there were great movements that swept up people transplanting them in a new place – moving from outlying agricultural communities to the large industrialized cities, fleeing tyranny or war-torn countries, or joining the great westward migration in the United States. An understanding of these migrations can be very helpful in unraveling our family history.
The fabric of their lives was woven with the individual threads of these events in connection to other people and places. As we follow them from place to place a clearer picture of their lives is produced. We invite you to connect with us and take a journey with us through time and place. So, Like Us, Pin Us, Follow Us! We hope to hear your voice in the conversation!
The Family Nexus will strengthen the bond with your family – both living and dead. The family will retain its place as the Nexus – The Center Place.