Sometimes You Learn Things

Part of the thrill of discovering new ancestors to add to my ever-growing family tree is in the research that I have to do to verify names, dates and places. It can be a lot of work, but it keeps me occupied and helps me focus my attention away from everyday life and gives me a bit of a mental break. I guess you could say that researching my family is a form of therapy for me.

When I do discover someone of historical importance in my tree, I then start a separate round of research to learn more about that particular individual, whether I think I already know about them or not. The results of this additional research often has me changing my mind about what I thought I knew and I learn a few things.

Such is the case with one of my most recent famous relative discoveries: Jane Seymour Fonda. Jane Fonda is easily one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, and I have grown up knowing who she was, as well as her brother Peter, and their dad, Henry Fonda. However, I have also somehow managed to form a less than flattering opinion of Jane Fonda in real life, opinions that I now realize have been based on opinions of other people that I have heard over the years. I also learned that Jane's mother, Frances, was born in Brockville, here in Ontario.

I've always thought that Jane was an exceptional actor. There is zero question about that. In every role that she has played, her character is believable and I can look past the actor and see only the character that she is playing. For me, that takes talent. Whether she is playing in a comedic role or a more serious dramatic role, Jane Fonda is a great actress.