Or should I say, “Stardate 41986.0”?
I am not a huge Star Trek fan (no clothing, action figures, of collection of DVDs), but I do enjoy the show. This year I introduced the TV series to my sons and it is a great father-sons moment that we share as we watch episodes of TNG together via Tivo.
A few weeks ago, we watched episode 26 from the first season. It was based in the 24th century when officers from the Enterprise come across on old earth satellite that turns out to be a cryonics capsule housing some frozen earth inhabitants from approximately 300 years in the past.
I don’t want to focus on the whole cryonic piece but it does setup the scene for some 24th century family history. It is also interesting that the woman in the episode gets a chance to meet her 5th great grandson when she returns to earth.
Here are some clips from the episode:
Think back to 1988 in the world of genealogy. There was no internet as we know it today. No Ancestry.com or FamilySearch or the multitude of genealogy sites and blogs. The cutting edge genealogy software was PAF 2.1 for DOS, Apple PRO-DOS, and Macintosh.
What else was happening in the sphere of family history in 1988?
How close do you think we are to what was presented in the episode?
What is your vision of family history research in the year 2364?
Would you like to visit your 5th great grandchild? What would you say?
How would you like a visit from a past ancestor? Who would you want it to be? Who would you not want to visit you?
Now go and research an ancestor that no one has researched before.