Thursday, January 19, 2012

If a person who has not yet studied their family history/genealogy

A question from a LinkedIn Genealogy group

If a person who has not yet studied their family history/genealogy asked you: "What benefits will I receive by studying my family history or genealogy?" What do you reply?

My reply;

Doing your family history is a great history lesson, an eye opener of the present & past.  An understanding of the humanness of things. When I started this journey 40 years ago in 1971  there was no cell phones, no internet, no desktop computers. What an enormous change from today 2012.

When my father was born in 1904 travel was horse & buggy, trains & walking or by boat, no phones, no cars or very very few .  When he died in 1997 mankind had been on the moon.
From your perspective you may not be able to comprehend how your great great grand parents lived in the 1800's any more than they could if they were alive now  to comprehend how things are in 2012.

Family history has the ability of opening your eyes and heart to survive and grow to a wider understanding of where you came from, how that came about and what is possible should a person decide to go forward to accomplish what you are here on this earth for. 

Do not judge the past action of your ancestors by to days views. They do not work that way.

Family history is an awesome journey that has taught me alot about people both present & past and has been a very worthwhile journey. 

How would you like your descendants a 100 years from now to remember you by??  This is basically what you desire to know about your ancestry. So write your family history for them in picture & works, leaving your legacy as you see it.. Follow the same pattern for filling in the gaps for your ancestors.

 Some of our efforts can be viewed at   Alex W Fraser, The Glengarry Genealogical Society  Courtenay, BC 1/18/12

1 comment:

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you for responding to my question on LinkedIn. I really appreciated your contribution.

May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

Dr. Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories" and family saga novels:
"Back to the Homeplace" and "The Homeplace Revisited"