"The nature of 'nobility' is to stand apart if not above such questioning. Each plays a part in a whole ordained to be so according to genes, so-called spiritual as much as biological, handed down from generation to generation. What to do with them, how to use or not use that inheritance, remains open to choice. Without some knowledge of them, that choice will always be limited however. It is only the recognition of 'nobility' (Latin'noscere: to know') - in thyself as much as in others - that liberates consciousness to make such choices, that makes truly Free Men of us all.Among German speaking peoples the oldest and most respected Title has always been 'Freiherr', i.e. 'Free Man'. The heir to such an ancient dignity, also brought up under a fascist regime, the pursuit of such an ideal came to be my main motivation in life. In a modern more democratic world all should now surely share in such an ideal! What more noble cause to pursue than the right for every man to be free, a Free Man!
"Until the 1960's it was the pursuit of 'Blue Blood' in their ancestry rather than in themselves that interested most family historians. I was not the first genealogist in my family and as such attended various genealogy conferences. In the 1970's I lead a consortium to take over the publishing of 'Burke's Landed Gentry', then still probably the most respected geneological reference book on families of British origin. The intention was to extend coverage to include the families of "the Beatles" and similar families "in the news". But the time was not yet right for such "democratisation.
The arrival of the Internet has led to such democratisation, the free availability and interchange of genealogical and every sort of information genealogists in the past only dreamed of. A quarter of a century has passed since this writer first suggested as much. In the meantime, though occupied on other matters, I have continued to add to inherited archives which cover 800 years of recorded history, the so named GMArchives.
The GMArchives have now been made available on a exclusive basis to TMC Families. They have enabled TMC Families to launch now what I always intended, namely the publication of a totally modern and 'democratised' version of information, data, as offered in publications such as "Burkes's Landed Gentry" sadly no longer with us -- and MUCH MORE. This has been made possible by, with, and through LINKS working with TMC Families.
Finally, what's in a name! TMC Families is as good a name as any. 'TMC'? Suffice to say we are are happy to number ourselves among 'World Peace Builders' encouraging the recognition that each one of us is indeed part of some family.
I am bound in and in with my forebears!' So wrote that cousin of mine 'R.L.S.', to which I would add '..... and in EVERYONE!.'
I would also add that 'Creating your own Cultural Heritage' will surely become the CHALLENGE of the 2nd MILLENIUM, a challenge which TMC Families - with the technology otherwise computing expertese offered by LINKS -- is eager to meet.
It is of course the computer, the so-called IT sciences, which are enabling such advances to take place in all fields of research, not least the study of genes and genealogy already dominating the use of the Intnernet. It is as a a genealogist I write here however, making no claim to know much of a science which would seem to make out I'm a total idiot when it comes to methods, methodologies, I once thought worked well, now I'm told new techniques, technologies, can do so much better. I must always be up to date, they tell me, which genealogy teaches you can never be. How such technolologies are tamed - let alone named and utilised - I prefer therefore to trust to others, not least to Ben Laurie and LINKS with whom TMC Families is now most happy to work in partnership.
It is, however, neither computer buffs nor professional historians and genealogists that we address these pages - though their participation is certainly more than necessary, desired, indeed welcomed. Rather, it is for the ordinary family man or woman re-searching a cultural heritage they can enjoy at their leisure that TMC Families here offers this service. How ? By way of intructions [above] we hope you will find easy to follow. If not, do please mail us.
Last and not least enjoy, ENJOY NOW THESE PAGES here published first on the so-called World Wide Web of the Internet at 5.21 pm. (GMT+2) on Thursday, 23rd January 1997
................... [To be continued]
................... [To be continued]