Definition of the “The Inner Circle”: http://dictionary.reference.com defines the Inner Circle as “an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose”; http://www.collinsdictionary.com says, “a clique or a group of people or who share a common interest, aim or purpose”; whereas http://www.oxforddictionaries.com states it’s “an exclusive group close to the centre of power of an organization or movement, regarded as elitist and secretive”!
Well, after many years of researching my family tree in Ireland I lean towards the Oxford Dictionaries definition: “an exclusive group close to the centre of power of an organization or movement, regarded as elitist and secretive”! Or to edit it just slightly …; “a group who think they are an exclusive group close to…”!
I’ve always believed in sharing information with others; which I think is why websites like www.Ancestry.co.uk work; especially when we are researching common ancestors. We each may have different strengths or talents; some of us are good at research or have an abundance of family records; and others, more conveniently geographically located to a particular research area, may be well suited, for example, to go directly to a records office such as PRONI, the National Library in Belfast or to the Belfast Cemetery to take a photo of a headstone.
I have been incredibly lucky to have many kind people offer to take a photo at a cemetery; or another who sent me the Death Notice of my 2nd great grandmother; without being asked. To those individuals I am much indebted and am very thankful. They have provided me information that I might otherwise not have had, since I live on the other side of the Atlantic! As Karma would dictate, I shall be happy to aid them in any way possible and at any time.
Then … there are those who “close ranks”; with a resounding echo. Usually after they have acquired as much information as possible from this particular well! This is something I’ve never quite understood. Are we all not working towards the same end, the same common goal? Would we not accomplish more in aiding one another, rather than slamming closed the proverbial door? I, for instance, have many beautiful photos of family gleaned from my grandmother and great aunts photo albums. Unfortunately, they are not named. Would it not benefit others to share information in order that we can collectively find out whom our common ancestors are and in turn attach a name to the photo?
How do we break the barrier? How do we help one another move back in time?
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