The genealogy how-to research books, guides and educational sessions at conferences advise us to learn about our ancestor's lives. Put our ancestors into their proper context, to better understand their life. Learn as much as we can about what was going on in their world at that time.
This is the death notice for my Great-Great Grandfather Wendelin Baudermann from February 8, 1900. What an amazing picture this short paragraph paints of a young boy's life.