My mother was born in 1925. On the back cover of her memoir she points out that this was only 6 years after women were given the right to vote. That gave me a first glimpse that history is not so ancient, after all.
I had thought that genealogy was the dry presentation of names and dates: born, married, died, etc.
As I investigated my own genealogy, I discovered much more information was available. For example, through the US Census records I learned that one great-great-grandparent was born and raised two farms away from the women he eventually married.