Pitcairn Family History Page
It would be nice if we could all turn to our
peers and speak with certainty as to the origins of the Pitcairn Family,
however, genealogy is not an exact science and history can only be the interpretation
of the individual. We will not make any wild statements or false claims
within this web site, merely lay down what is believed to be the case
regarding the origins of those individuals who have come to light through
years of patient research.
To have a time machine which would enable us to
travel back to the creation of the first Pitcairn, would probably be a bit
of an anti-climax. Whether he or she was of noble blood or not, is hardly
the issue, (but nice to think), the fun is in the unknown, the thrill of
the endless possibilities, the multitude of discussions that can be waged
over candlelit suppers. If we had all the answers there would be little
room for discourse, only an acceptance of the facts and the boredom that
goes with it.
No the time machine is not the answer, we think.
Your imagination is the key. We can sit in our warm room, with a sociable
beverage by our side, the arm chair enveloping us in its comforting
embrace and get lost in our romantic dreams of times long gone. But in
truth the reality was far worse, and it helps at times, to put aside our
creature comforts and just think hard on what it must have been like for
those early settlers in the new colonies, or the remote families in their
highland croft in the middle of a bleak winter. Yes, they were strong, yes
they were survivors, but in truth they lived in ways that they new no
better, that was their lives. They were born into privileged lives or not
as the case may be, they grew up during troubled times in most cases,
married the love of their lives (you hoped), had children, watched and
worried as they grew, tried hard to provide for all their needs, grew old
with the responsibilities and the effort. Eventually passing from this
land having hoped to have made their mark somewhere.
Sound familiar?, well is it not what we are all
still trying to achieve.
This particular page is going to be used to try
and inspire you to get on with you family research, we do not want
everyone just to strip the information they require from its pages,.
Instead we want this to be the starting point for your real family
history. Remember, genealogy or more plainly put, an individuals birth,
marriage and death records, only tell you a very small part of an individuals
life. Its like the skeleton, but what puts the meat on the bones and
brings that person to life, is the history of their lives. The social structures
that surrounded them, the achievements they rose to, the heartaches they
faced. Look at a man born lets say in 1922, he married in 1946 and two
children a boy and a girl and died in 1987. Quite a simple common little
life he must have led, when it shown so coldly in black and white.
But dig deeper, he was brought up by a man who
had survived the horrors of World War One, a broken man, who took out his
anger and his fear upon the only people he could reach, his children. He
had escaped the family through education and won a scholarship to a
local University, he became a teacher and met his first sweetheart whilst
at University and planned to marry her as soon as they could save enough.
Unfortunately the Second World War broke out and her had to leave her to
fight for his country. Imagine the life he had to live during these times,
on active service somewhere in the world. His family and loved ones not
knowing if he was alive or dead, the stories they could tell of friends
and neighbours receiving the worst news of all. And what about his return,
what did he have to do in order to integrate himself back into society,
We could go on and on about the children, his achievements
and every aspect of this mans life. But once it was done, not only would
you know about the real person behind the genealogy, but you would have
opened your eyes to world long gone but we hope never forgotten, his life
will live on through you family history.