Is off-world planetary travel far off? Will families residing on Mars or the Moon need to inform and other makers of genealogy software that resident listings will have to change? Are Star Charts just around the Solar System corner? Imagine an ancestry tree from a holistic perspective!  Experience dizzying speed as your window to genealogy is telescopically previewed with a touch of a finger, viewing different branches in a tree spinning slowly before your eyes. Talk about “pop-outs”!? Looking far forward, an ancestral address might include the following: Redman, Iceland County, Phobos, Mars; Settlement One, Desert County, Mars; or perhaps, Base Two, Crater County, Moon. When we get to that point several generations will need to be added to your present family tree. I can see it all now in a note to an ancestral person-“William DeMeetros, father, husband, son, first settler to found a village called Canal City, Mars. Emigrated from Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 2099, who joined a fledgling group of religious protestors known as Starburst Sanctions, a little known Lutheran splinter faction that left Earth and settled on the red planet. As an Engineer, he developed the first expandable and collapsible village anywhere which can easily be moved from place to place. In another era…..
Up until civilization and society developed, everyone lived a nomadic lifestyle. After, historians and that ilk called it a migration and later still as the continents politically fractured we created a series of migration terms as travel and communications increasingly made our planet smaller. In another hundred to two hundred years we will see more frequent space travel to Mars or perhaps the Moon as private and government enterprises work together to develop the technologies to make these journeys possible. In Genesis, a group of worldly professional scientists and civilians will fly, then gather and form a very challenging society as expeditions and explorations are set forth and subsequently new temporary or, maybe, permanent towns are developed to study local conditions on any one of these planets.
As a result we as a society will have a rebirth where colonization will once again establish political muscle as one nation or another gets out into space first and claims a planet or moon for itself. I don’t see much change now in that scenario any more than such situations have developed in the past or when we begin to really see interplanetary movement. In the fifties and sixties Earth’s people saw strong national competition between nations. In the past ten years, privately funded growth has been developed on this planet, but the race speeds towards a destiny it cannot escape. Energy, technology and financing will stir the now brewing pot of competition driving our ideologies upward and outward in an emigration that will explode like we’ve never seen before.
Migration is a tool for self-survival, expanding proportionately as populations increase. This ball of humanity is intellectual, physical and driven on two planes by empirically pushed human nature and free will. So risk, resistance and romance play issue here in one huge tumultuous glob of tension pushing the extremes of our boundaries to more distance alternatives. Can you imagine multi-dimensional comings and goings!? As complicated as all this is, imagine the frustrations our earliest ancestors had in moving from place to place; the risks inherent in such a move, then, is no different than they are today or in the future. The thug, the schemer, the manipulator and planners, movers and shakers will be right alongside us as we march into whatever destiny we choose or may be chosen for us.
Will God intervene?
No matter where we go our burdens and issues will come with the baggage unless the leaders on the planet today commence the steps needed to accomplish historically futuristic movement away from Earth and before we travel the black depths of the Universe’s oceans. If the people within a church cannot resolve whatever issues pop up to fractionalize and divide the congregation into two new groups, then I fear we will not be able to do likewise elsewhere. Perhaps, negotiators will provide a smooth transition from here to there, but what happens there may not necessarily be known here. Will it be a race? Unconditionally. The same pressures that bore upon our earlier immigrant families will exist on an upward plume which trajectories will only hint at what’s to come. Nations are known to be combatant. Friction exists at the borders and God let’s us decide how to handle these situations.
The important aspect, however, is choice. When Europeans crossed the Atlantic, their minds had already been made up. The ingredients of stress placed health and life in jeopardy and for many, it could be resolved by going to a new land to start fresh and unencumbered. As with our forebears, so, too, will future settlers and entrepreneurs find the price high. Yet, the risks afford the opportunity to make incredible gains until the guiding hand of authority slips in to unravel the newly purchased freedoms.
So, yes, we will see interplanetary travel among the stars and not the Hollywood type, either. The new age will be interesting as Family History Library, Ancestry and other software developers will race to accommodate genealogists in their never-ending shifting of the landscape to upturn that devilishly clever little rock we forgot to look under. No doubt in my mind that some distant descendant will actually look under that moon rock and reflect on their own space odyssey, not as a monolithic thought of creation, rather a journey of a lifetime.

© Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)



For most of us who want to learn about our family’s past, the experience is in the telling and not the learning. Nothing wrong in that, but the decision to choose new paths after that becomes uppermost after a spell. Is the knowledge I’ve learn enough to spur me on or have I had enough and make the decision to stop. Like everything else we do this fulcrum point is reach at some given confluence of emotions, expanded knowledge, satisfaction of and reality of the moment. We can move on or dig deeper.

The genealogy bug is a persistent little point of contention that pricks your being with equal parts exasperation and trembling excitement urging you onward with the gnawing sensation that there was something we missed. So we research into depths that scratch that little itch of ours. For me the knowledge of knowing how much research is left to do here in the states leaves me daunted and tired at times. Time for something new!

One of time’s little surprises is the knowledge that developments move on without our knowledge. Coming across that tidbit sparks an urge to do more. While I have commented on John Jameson’s goals a few months ago and despite the fact that John wants to ascertain his ancestry, he has set himself a goal, which I believe is potentially bigger and of greater benefit to the world at large-the discovery and exploration of Northern Ireland. True, Ireland was a stepping stone for beleaguered Scots in the past who passed on to new colonial digs, yet for many others it was more than a sojourn from wrestling life’s varied sufferings, it marked a new life right there in the heart of its shimmering emerald grasses.

What John has done is taken an idea and moved it a step upward. His site Some Ulster Jamesons is a great way to encourage others into getting together and exploring the issues surrounding this small, but contentious earth-shattering isle and put it in the forefront where it belongs. He even has a Facebook page so we can all get together and share our thoughts and records.

  • And that’s not the only way to support this project. As you tackle your own family project you might come across a new site that’s developed help for Irish and Scots-Irish researchers. Tell someone about it or ask to post it on this page or on John’s.
  • Do you have an issue about something in your family tree-write an article about what needs resolving. While message boards are fine so many people use it that before long, your little description might be pushed back into oblivion in just a few days. An article provides an opportunity to explore this in a way that others can better understand what is driving you crazy. Clarifying your topic with supporting evidence not only provides a better vision, but it’ll be up on a page and seen by others over a longer period of time. While I don’t want to get into the message board business, I am willing to categorize articles written by my readers in order to pass on new thoughts, ideas and data.
  • Blogging is a great way to outline your goals and propel your perspective. John’s Ulster Jam?sons site will link your blog so others can connect with you. Anything that widens your outlook will widen others, especially regarding Jamesons.
  • While we can’t do your research for you, asking a question is free and easy. A fresh look, a different angle is tantamount to opening up new ideas. There was a time when I could spend long periods of time looking into someone else’s genealogy and still get up in the morning and go to work. Weren’t those the days!
  • Become proactive. I know everyone has busy lives. Some of my best days, though, involved multi-tasking and produced many a rewarding day, even as a father, a husband, landscaper(mowing the lawn), plumber, washer and everything else in between. But then, not everyone is me, either, and that I can appreciate as well. I enjoy history and learning about my past. You should, too, because our past has a definite link to what we do now and in the future. What the past states is that change is a necessary ingredient to sustaining your very present life.
  • Sharing is a key to supporting others in their search as well as yours. Locate a list of names, a biography or any type of record in your search you can always contact John or I and we can post a link to it. Find a map that details an ancient village or place that’s hard to locate; we’ll take that, too.

So hopped to it. As Sonny and Cher sang, “The beat goes on…”


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