Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra played 19 seasons, mostly for the New York Yankees: 22 Sep1946-9 May 1965. He began playing at age 21.  And he was amazing–short, fast, and accurate. With  358 home runs and 148 games without errors. His teammates chose him a MVP 1951, 1954-55. His election to the Baseball Hall of Fame occurred in 1972.

In a former life, I played semi-pro baseball for a Utah women’s team–they were quite good too. I loved it. My Dad drove the equipment in his pickup truck and I got to ride with him from game to game. My time was spent in right field or playing short stop. I batted third because I could usually get on base, running home with batter number 4.

Since my job went from 6 am to 12 noon–I could spend my afternoons all week listening to the Game of the Day–listening to the New York Yankees win over and over again. Some of the things I learned from baseball I have incorporated into my genealogy work and the philosophy from which I view my family tree and yours.

Integrity is integrity, regardless where you apply it.  And it builds trust and confidence for others that your genealogy conclusions are based on substance.  Documents that support each and every relationship on your charts. And charts that are created as you go through the records. Each chart reflecting what the documents say, with comments and explanations for what you do and why.

Yogi was 90 years old. And he left us legacy of humor-filled experiences. Good stuff. Would that I can do that too, when I return home.  Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com

PS Still at the German Research Retreat at the Crystal Inn and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City UT.  Working every evening on the handouts and instruction materials for the American Census Retreat–and the more I search census records, the more I am convinced that most 19th c. research conflicts can be resolved by thoroughly understanding and following up the evidence those schedules provide. If you blissfully skip across the census years as well as the country–you will build a brick wall not a family tree.

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