Reasons to start investigating your family history (for (FUN (We do…
Reasons to start investigating your family history
To preserve our family history
Learning about family history is important. It is essential to understanding ourselves and basic humanity and diversity. Family history also helps to keep memories alive and allow each generation to have an idea of who they are and where they come from
I’d love to know where I came from
We are all an accumulation of not only our life experience, but those who were our ancestors
To know who you really are
It can be transformative. I’ve watched people get that email, open it up, read their genealogical results and become someone else entirely.
gives us a little more insight into who we are and connects us with some of the enduring cultures of the world
to know our heritage and where we came from
I'm going to be inspired by these relatives, and I know that these ones existed. But if I'm going to follow in anyone's footsteps, I'm going to follow the ones who left the world a better place
We do ancestry together and they love doing the searching
It is fun to learn background on families
To know what has made our family so strong
Establishing a family tree, having family gatherings and taking pictures to put in an album and on disc that will be used to add more over time and years.
It's eye-opening, and it makes you much more aware how interconnected we all are. It's much harder to be racist and narrow-minded when you see how closely linked all the races are."
I was thrilled to be matched up with several people on the Ancestry database
To know and connect my family blood line, since no one in my family knows the my father’s side. It would be great to get in touch and meet all of them
I share everything I learn with my family and also put together binders of information for future family to enjoy.
Something I will hand down to my kids
I want to pass this information onto my grandchildren.
Because I want my kids, grandkids and all generations to know where their family came from and to be proud of all of them
I am trying to do a family tree so I can leave it for my children to learn about the grandparents they never met
Get younger generations interested to continue on with findings
BENEFITS FOR KIDS
Hearing these stories gave the children a sense of their history and a strong ‘intergenerational self’
the more the children knew, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned
the more children know about their family history, the higher their self-esteem and the better able they are to deal with the effects of stress.
Family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world
The discovery of their family hirtory made reading and learning about the history so much more personal for children
learning that you are connected to people who have done dreadful things,
What children learn when they hear about their past -- both the good and the bad, is primarily that they can chart their own course and don't have to follow the path of what their less-than-stellar ancestors did. They also learn that they are part of something bigger than themselves.
Because we all have a past and we like to think we’ve moved on but when someone in the family takes a DNA test it does have the potential to resurface.