Ten Reasons to Trace Your Genealogy

Box filled with photographs Genealogy, or the study of family ancestries and histories, is a fascinating process. Whether you’re using an online resource for research, or a family historian has recorded and kept information, you can’t help but want to know more about the people in your family’s past once you get started. When tracing your genealogy, it’s always best to start by having a conversation with your immediate family. Having the Talk of a Lifetime can bring valuable information to the surface as you begin your genealogical research.

Why Research Genealogy?

  • Curiosity – Let’s face it. We all want to know if we’re related to anyone famous or accomplished. Genealogy is a great way to find out.
  • Health Information – Tracing medical histories through obituaries and death certificates can be helpful when looking for a genetic link to a health condition.
  • Connecting with Relatives – You are most likely related to more people than you realize, and you just might find a long-lost relative living near you.
  • Stories for Children – Giving your kids a backstory to their identity and where their ancestors are from is an incredible gift. This will help them understand who they are.
  • Grieving Process – If someone you love is terminally ill or has recently passed away, delving deeper into their past and learning more about their life can help you and your loved ones cope with the situation.
  • Lineage Groups and Heritage Societies – There are many societies and groups, like Daughters of the American Revolution, which require proof of a qualifying ancestor for membership.
  • Adoption Situations – Finding birth parents or a child given up for adoption is often accomplished through genealogy research.
  • Family Inheritances – Disputes over land, money, and heirlooms can be resolved through proof of a biological link.
  • Family Traditions and Culture – Your family’s unique history and traditions, such as, recipes, holiday events, and family reunions should be preserved.
  • Family Legacy – Passing your family information on to the next generation keeps the past alive.

What Next?

Connecting with the past can make your everyday life richer and more interesting in so many ways. Throughout your genealogical discovery, you’ll find you will want to have even more discussions with your family and loved ones. This is where the Have the Talk of a Lifetime workbook can come in handy, to record some of the most important memories for generations to come. Contact us today to learn more about how a funeral professional can help to get started having this important discussion.

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