Sunday, May 12, 2013
family history whenever I darn well please it day
Skip ahead to two years later. The jokbo has sat on my hard drive, untouched. I was, once again, inspired to tap into our dear sweet exchange student as a resource to understand our Korean family history. I wish I had been inspired a little earlier as she is leaving in a month, but I'm hoping that she will teach me how to fish between now and then. She has helped me understand a lot of the basics and also helped me find a few great resources for Korean family history! (wanna translate a chinese character into Korean? want a book with great english explanations to the different parts of the jokbo?) The book that I have goes to the 21st generation, which starts in 1566 and ends in the 37th generation. I would love to know how to get the other book that goes even further back, BUT the 1400 pages of this book could keep us busy for a while. Never has a Korean class been so tempting to me!
Bottom line, this Korean genealogy hurts my brain. I can do a little each night before I want to pull out my hair because I am translating from Chinese (that I don't know) to Korean (that I don't know) to English. Sigh. Rewarding? Oh, yeah! And this weekend I taught Chloe and Autumn beginning jokbo translating lessons and Rachel has put her limited knowledge of Chinese characters (numbers) to use. They are in charge of translating dates while I get the places and names. I got the short end of the stick, but not for long. Pretty soon they will be jokbo queens. :) And Rachel announced in sacrament meeting that I am "in the middle of translating our Korean genealogy book", so I better get past the first page!